Senate sergeant at arms: More concerned about cyberattack than Jan. 6 repeat

Gibson said she agreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s statement earlier this week that the threat posed by ransomware has “a lot of parallels” to 9/11.

Gibson, who served in the military for 33 years and was a senior intelligence officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, replaced Michael Stenger, who resigned after the Jan. 6 insurrection. Gibson helped in a security review during the wake of the insurrection.

Gibson told CNN that she has a strong cybersecurity team, but still views it as a more significant concern than another Capitol siege.

“Members have sensitive information that they would not necessarily want to have disclosed that may be in documents. Much of what we do is public. And meant to be so,” Gibson said. “But I would worry about … nation-state actors or others who might try to just really cripple the government’s ability to function by locking down cyber communications networks.”

President Joe Biden has proposed $750 million in funding for federal agencies’ cybersecurity in wake of the SolarWinds attack. In mid-May, Biden issued an executive order overhauling the federal government’s cybersecurity, and the White House has called on private companies to invest more in cybersecurity measures, with a significant portion of key infrastructure controlled by the private sector.

“The Colonial Pipeline incident is a reminder that federal action alone is not enough,” the White House said in May.

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