US Senator Kay Hagan, chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, held a briefing today tohelp members gain a deeper understanding of the cyber threats to the country's national security. Members of the Subcommittee were briefed in an open session by Kevin Mandia, founder of Mandiant Corporation. Mandiant recently published a report describing one of China'scyber espionage units. Mandia's briefing focused on China's theft of American technology and proprietary information.
Members also received a classified briefing from Stephanie O'Sullivan, the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Jon Davis, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.
"Today's briefing provided an opportunity for members to gain a better and deeper understanding of the nature, variety and seriousness of the cyber threats to our nationalsecurity," Hagan said. "The briefing we received today leaves little doubt of the magnitude and scale of China's theft of American intellectual property. Cyber threats can take many forms,including individual hackers and criminal groups stealing personal financial data. But those threats also include nation-states with sophisticated intelligence gathering and disruptive or offensive capabilities that can steal classified information or harm our critical infrastructure and computer networks. I thank the witnesses for their valuable testimony, which will help inform decisions to enhance our country's cyber security."