A joint letter from some of Washington D.C.'s leading minds in the areas of defense and diplomacy is urging Congress to pass a cyber security bill in some form this year, saying that the U.S. is urgently in need of a new policy and ill-prepared for cyber attacks.
The letter, dated June 6, was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In it, senior military officers and diplomats from both the George W. Bush Administration and the Obama Administrations urge the Senate leaders to bring cyber security legislation to the floor of Congress "as soon as possible," calling it "critically necessary to protect our national and economic security."
"We have spoken a number of times in recent months on the cyber threat - that it is imminent and that it represents one of the most serious challenges to our national security since the onset of the nuclear age sixty years ago," the letter reads. "And yet we still await conclusive legislative action."