"If an attack were to go against the power grids right now, the defense of that would rely heavily on commercial industry to protect it," Gen. Keith Alexander, military cyber commander, tells Congress.
"There's a very strong logic to utilizing collective defenses," Deputy Secretary William Lynn says. "It's clear you're more effective in the cyberworld, the more threated signatures that you understand and share. And so the Cold War concept of shared warning here really applies."
"We raised the profile of the issue," says Jim Lewis, director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Now, nobody won't say cybersecurity isn't a problem, and that's a positive thing."
"We are trying to be that center of excellence for cybersecurity, not only for the federal government, but for the nation, as a whole," says Randy Vickers, director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
"Our efforts to gain access to information are hampered because the Bureau of Consular Affairs is not considered a law enforcement entity for information sharing purposes," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brenda Sprague says.
"Let's be blunt - because the Internet was initially designed for convenience and reliability, instead of with security as a top priority - we are fighting an uphill battle," says Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.