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A View from Washington: Cyber-threat Prevention

Written by  Mike Braham Tuesday, 13 November 2007 01:18

As American organizations are implementing technology solutions to aid them in going 'faster, cheaper and smarter,' at the same time they are making themselves more vulnerable to catastrophe than ever before. Our country's increasing dependence on information technology and the Internet heighten our vulnerability. As organizations become completely dependent on information technology and systems to complete their mission; destruction, manipulation or denial of access to a company's information resources could be a disaster. Potential enemies are equipped with tools as simple as a modem that can devastate a corporation or agency, often going unnoticed until it's too late to interrupt the enemy's activities. News reports are filled with stories of hackers attacking agencies such as the CIA and NASA. Recently, a hacker in the UK stole proprietary data from the Rome Air Development Facility through the Internet. Both the Social Security Administration and the Justice Department had to shut down compromised