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Former CIA Director John Brennan On Criminal Hackers, 'Ignorant' Elected Officials, And Russian Interference In U.S. Politics

The United States faces a variety of cyber threats from social engineering to collaboration between foreign intelligence services and criminal networks, former CIA director John Brennan told CRN.

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Our Nation At Risk

The United States faces a multitude of cyber threats ranging from social engineering, to collaboration between foreign intelligence services and criminal hackers, to lackluster communication between the U.S. government and the private sector, according to former CIA director John Brennan.

Brennan told the more than 120 attendees at SecureAuth's INTERSECTION 2018 event in Washington, D.C. Wednesday that the need for an independent commission to examine challenges in the digital domain came across during recent Congressional hearings about cybersecurity and social media platforms.

"Unfortunately, I think a lot of our elected representatives are rather ignorant – maybe through no fault of their own, because of their generation or experiences – about the digital environment and the complexities of it," Brennan said.

Afterward, Brennan spoke with CRN about the most significant cybersecurity advances made by America since 9/11, the potential for interference in next month's U.S. midterm elections, and the biggest cybersecurity concern keeping him awake at night.

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