Thursday, February 25, 2010

In a Cyberwar, US Would Lose

The U.S. Senate heard testimony from "industry experts" warning of catastrophic consequences from cyber war attacks - including pronouncements that the "government faces the prospect of losing in an all-out cyberwar".

As part of the debate of the Cyber Security Act of 2009, Senator's were told the status quo is not acceptable:
We are "...under attack every day, losing every day vital secrets. We can not wait," [James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies] said. "We need a new framework for cybersecurity and this bill helps provide that.
Lewis went on to add that "...[t]he cyberattack is mainly espionage, some crime".

There is no doubt that the U.S. and most other developed countries are at high risk from significant cyber attacks as demonstrated almost daily by intrusions into military, government, commercial and non-profit organizations. However, it is interesting that many of the companies that would benefit the most from the funding to "fix" the problem are the ringing the congressional alarm bells the loudest.

Experts warn of catastrophe from cyberattacks

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