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James Clapper: ODNI Considers Constant Cyber Intrusions a ‘Primary Concern’

James Clapper
James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said his office considers small cyber attacks and network intrusions that occur on a daily basis a major concern, Federal Times reported Thursday.

“They impose increasing costs to our businesses, to U.S. economic competitiveness and to national security,” Clapper told audience during the Naval Academy’s Cyber Lecture Series held Jan. 29.

Clapper also noted that cyber vulnerabilities have become the No. 1 threat to national security and will likely to continue in the next year, Aaron Boyd writes.

“A lot of people find this surprising in our post-9/11 world but in 2013 ‘cyber’ bumped ‘terrorism’ out of the top spot on our list of national threats,” he said.

“And cyber has led our report every year since then.”

Clapper said the Intelligence Community has initiated efforts to raise awareness on cyber threats, according to the report.

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