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If you were near a person who later tests positive for an infectious disease, an exposure notification app can let you know. These apps allow for more rapid and broader contact tracing—ideally helping to slow disease spread.
About half of the U.S.
The U.S. depends on pipelines to deliver the natural gas, oil, and other hazardous liquids that power vehicles, heat homes, and more. But cyberattacks, such as an attack on Colonial Pipeline's IT networks in May 2021, threaten pipeline security.
The supply chain for information and communication technologies can be an access point for hackers. Compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software, for example, was sent to an estimated 18,000 customers.
Cyber insurance can help offset the costs of responding to and recovering from cyberattacks. The growing frequency and severity of cyberattacks have led more insurance clients to opt for cyber coverage—up from 26% in 2016 to 47% in 2020.
Increasingly sophisticated threats underscore the need to bolster the cybersecurity of the nation—a topic on our High Risk List.
We and others have noted an urgent need to clearly define a central leadership role to coordinate government efforts.
Terrorists and others may pose a cyber-threat to high-risk chemical facilities. Control systems, for example, could be manipulated to release hazardous chemicals. The Department of Homeland Security started a program more than a decade ago to help address these security risks.
The Federal Communications Commission uses the Electronic Comment Filing System to receive public comments about proposed regulation changes.
In May 2017, a surge of more than 22 million comments disrupted the system making it unavailable.