Thursday, March 31, 2011
More experts say that US, West are vulnerable to cyberattack: workplace computer policy is part of problem
Ken Dilanian has an article in the Tennessean (Gannett) describing concerns about vulnerabilities of major public utilities and infrastructures to cyberattack, link here.
One major problem is that employees can log on to work computers at utilities from home computers, rather than properly secured and separate corporate laptops. Other vulnerabilities could exist from employees’ use of their own cell phones or Internet connections. Generally, of course, utility infrastructures are not supposed to be accessible from the public Internet.
This is also true overseas. The end result is a kind of vulnerability not encountered even during the Cold War.