Sunday, February 28, 2010

Former NSA chief says we are losing cyber war

Mike McConnell, director of the National Security Agency during the Clinton administration and a director of intelligence during the second term of George W. Bush, warned in a long Outlook article in the Washington Post Sunday (Feb. 28) link. “The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It's that simple.” The print edition title was “To win the cyber-war, look at the Cold War”. He does refer to the CNN “cyber.shockwave” simulation show on Feb. 21. One problem is that most Internet infrastructure is privately owned and controlled – but so is most financial infrastructure. A good question is why some critical infrastructure items like the power grid should even be accessible from the public Internet at all, an item that came up in some articles in 2002.

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