The outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has two warning for her successor:
1. A massive and "serious" cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming. Such an attack on the domestic internet “will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society.
2. A natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.
With tensions at a breaking point in the middle east, and all military options on the table, there can be no doubt that we (meaning all sides involved) are now engaged in cyber warfare ahead of traditional military activities.
According to Akamai, which monitors global internet conditions, the United States is experiencing a surge in web attacks on August 28, 2013, clocking in at 81% above normal.
Among her pieces of advice: "You also will have to prepare for the increasing likelihood of more weather-related events of a more severe nature as a result of climate change, and continue to build the capacity to respond to potential disasters in far-flung regions of the country occurring at the same time."
So prepare, and bring "a large bottle of Advil," Janet Napolitano told her yet-to-be-named replacement in a farewell address Tuesday morning. Read more here and here