4-15-2010 Thursday – National ‘Cyber’ Security

Below are three links to a three part series by Tom Gjelten from NPR’s Morning Edition.

There is not a lot of detail, but a good introduction to National Security Issues.

  1. Cyber Insecurity: U.S. Struggles To Confront Threat
  2. Cyberattack: U.S. Unready For Future Face Of War
  3. Countries Try To Tame The Wild Territory Of The Net

This is a very real topic.  Keep in mind, as the stories state, there are two important distinctions between this ‘struggle’ and nuclear war.  The first is there can be a ‘winner’; loss of life and infrastructure would be minimal.  Second, how do you know who attacked (called the Attribution Problem)?

Lastly, here is a related article on cnet about the security of ‘Smart Meters” and our “Power Grid”.  There are additional links in the article if you are really into this…


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