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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a “major cyber event” in the future that would have a “serious” impact on American society.

In what she described as “a kind of open letter to my successor,” Napolitano warned of terrorist threats, major weather events and the need to reinforce U.S. border security.

“Our country will, for example, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society,” she said.

The administration has yet to name a successor for Napolitano, who resigned in July and will leave office next month after more than four years as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Created after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the department plays a key role, not only in guarding borders and preventing terror attacks, but also in the response to natural disasters.

Napolitano warned of the “increasing likelihood of more weather-related events of a more severe nature as a result of climate change.”

Napolitano’s departure comes at a critical time, as Congress debates a major overhaul of the country’s immigration system that would offer a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Possible replacements include New York police chief Ray Kelly, former U.S. Coast Guard commandant Thad Allen and William Bratton, a former Los Angeles police chief, New York police commissioner and Boston police commissioner.

Other possible candidates include former independent senator Joe Lieberman and senior Homeland Security officials John Pistole and Craig Fugate.

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