Congressman James Langevin, who has made cybersecurity a signature issue, sees hope for an improved federal vigilance with President Obama's nomination of CIA chief Leon Panetta to take over for retiring Defense Secretary Bob Gates:
“I am particularly pleased to know that Director Panetta will have a full appreciation for the increasing sense of urgency with which we must approach cybersecurity issues. Earlier this year, Panetta warned that ‘the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyber-attack.’ His leadership in speaking out and raising awareness about the risk of cyber threats to our critical infrastructure and sensitive information has been invaluable for those of us working closely to address vulnerabilities in these areas. As head of the CIA, he saw first-hand and understood the threats posed to our networks. We must act more quickly to protect ourselves and it is vital to have a reliable partner at the Defense Department."