C. Warren Axelrod

Cybergeddon … Ho Hum

A February 23, 2010 article by Elinor Mills caught my eye. It had the title “Experts warn of catastrophe from cyberattacks,” and is available at http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10458759-245.htm?tag=mncol;title. The article has a link to a U.S. Senate Hearing, which took place that same day, before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, chaired by Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV on the topic “Cybersecurity: Next Steps to Protect Our Critical Infrastructure.” For those who care about the U.S. surviving massive cyber destruction, it is well worth watching the full two hours of testimony, questions and answers. It might well make your hair stand on end. It did mine.

One Comment

  1. Kenneth F. Belva Mar 29, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Great point about something terrible needed to happen before anything is done: our government system is by and large a reactionary one rather than a proactive one. When it comes to preventing catastrophic issues we have major obstacles unless the threat is imminent. Unfortunately the “invisibleness” and complexity of cyber security lends itself to never seeming like a threat (unless one is one the front lines witnessing the attacks). In regards to the Y2K syndrome, I wrote something similar about general H1N1, InfoSec and human behavior here:

    https://www.bloginfosec.com/2010/01/27/h1n1-threat-overblown-information-security-relevance-a-logic-proof/

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