Lippold: US government ‘relinquished’ leadership role by telling businesses it will not protect them from cyber threats
Former USS Coal Commander Kirk Lippold told “Your World” that Joe Biden will encourage Vladimir Putin if he doesn’t respond “obviously” to the Russian government for a “state-sponsored” cyberattack on American businesses.
LIPPOLD: When Biden’s commerce secretary [Gina Raimondo] Makes this statement to US businesses [cyber] Attacks are here to stay, and there are no plans to do anything if intensified. You have to remember that US businesses are prohibited by law from responding to these attacks. This is the responsibility of the US government and Secretary Raimondo has essentially relinquished any leadership role and told businesses that the US government is not going to do anything to protect you. It is your responsibility to protect yourself. So on the one hand, while the president might say, “Hey, Vladimir, you can’t do this,” when you have an approval by a cabinet official who’s acknowledging what’s going on, and then they say to businesses. That it is your responsibility to protect yourself. They are two different perspectives. I think he’s asking for a 9/11 style attack. If we told bin Laden not to worry about World Trade Center One, would we accept that? Don’t worry about embassy bombings. Don’t worry about the attack on the USS Cole. This encouraged him. If we don’t respond clearly and forcefully to the Russians, and by that I mean the Russian government, these are state-sponsored attacks because they are taking place in Putin’s country. He doesn’t let things happen until he knows about it. So I think we’re setting ourselves up for failure with that type of attitude.
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