President Trump's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) releases a report to the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) warning of an imminent 9/11 level cyber attack crippling the United States. The NIAC advises the President of the United States on the security of information systems in transportation, energy, emergency government services, banking, finance, and manufacturing. The report released by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) website states, "There is a narrow and fleeting window of opportunity before a watershed, 9/11-level cyber attack to organize effectively and take bold action."
The National Security Council (NSC) requested the report from the NIAC in support of Presidential Executive Order 13800. In May of 2017, global level cyber attacks occurred as a result of a malicious ransomware hack.
The forty-five-page report addressed the inabilities of the U.S. Government and private sector companies to handle a large-scale cyber-terrorist attack with 11 recommendations.
The NIAC interviewed 38 cyber security experts and reviewed hundreds of studies to analyze the capability of the U.S. Government to prevent and respond to debilitating cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.
The NIAC fully believes the U.S. Government has the available means to prevent and perform well during a national emergency resulting from a cyber attack on critical infrastructure. However, the NIAC states that the U.S. Government and private companies effectiveness to combat a widespread cyber attack is severely hampered by several mitigating reasons.