Ms Napolitano must be more worried about the Middle East than Asia this week.
The Pentagon is planning to increase the number of security professionals from fewer than 1,000 to about 5,000 in the next few years, according to The Washington Post. Those personnel will comprise both military and civilian security professionals, and they will be tasked with defending the country’s critical infrastructure as well as government and military networks.
The news comes just a few days after Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, warned that a nation-level incident of the scale of 9/11 could occur sometime soon as a result of a attack. Napolitano is not the first to warn about the possibility of such an attack, but is rather the latest in a long line of government officials, presidential advisers and security experts to raise that specter. Security researchers also have warned in recent years about serious vulnerabilities in the SCADA and ICS systems that run much of the network infrastructure in utilities, financial systems and other critical areas.