Monday, February 16, 2009

National Defense University provides training in Internet security for "older" executives; watch out for Second Life

The National Defense University is training military officers and civilian agency managers and contractors on how to spot cyberthreats, reports Kim Hart on p D1 of the Washington Post Business section in “The Download” Column, in a story titled “Cyber Threats 101”. The link is here. The facility is located on the Anacostia waterfront in Washington DC, at Fort McNair, where President Clinton gave his speech announcing “don’t ask don’t tell” in July 1993.

The class teachers managers in their 40s “hacking” skills of sniffing wireless ports, simulating buffer overflows, and scoping Second Life and Warcraft for classified information. Most of their younger subordinates were brought up on computers and may be more conversant on the “tools of the trade.”

Over thirty companies assist in providing the training.

Back in 1998, my employer in Minneapolis sent most of us for a one day training in laptop security (especially buffer overflow risks) at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Update: Feb. 17, 2009

A front page story in USA Today by Peter Eisler this morning reads "Reported raids on federal computer data soar: 'Major intrusions' on networks are up 40%" link here., referring to increases in breaches in 2008.

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