Monday, April 16, 2012

Administration says US is all too vulnerable to cyberattack


John O. Brennan, President Obama’s senior advisor on homeland security, has an op-ed Monday in the Washington Post, “Time to protect against the dangers of cyberattack,” link here.  Brennan sees these threats as much more existential in nature than personal privacy issues. 

A good question is why power grids and other critical infrastructure can be reached topologically through the Internet at all.  But anyone who worked in I.T. in any major industry for a span of years, as I did in several (insurance, health care, credit reporting) knows that business operations do have weak points and targets that determined enemies (or maybe corporate or foreign spies) can undermine.  For example, it took industry until the early 1990s to develop really secure elevation procedures for mainframe production systems.  

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