Admiral J. Michael McConnell, the former Director of National Intelligence now at Booz Allen Hamilton was interviewed recently by Forbes.
He indicated that a cyber attack is inevitable.
When he was asked, "Are we at a greater disadvantage than any of our adversaries?" He answered, "
Yes, and there’s a very simple reason: We’re more vulnerable because we’re more dependent [on technology]."
Mr. McConnell said change will only come about through dialogue otherwise it will happen after a catastrophe.
Mr. McConnell noted that intellectual capital is also at risk, not just information and money.
"Former Intelligence Chief Says A Cyber Attack Is Inevitable", Brian Wingfield, Business in the Beltway - Forbes Blog, November 23, 2010.