Cyberattack is an ever present threat
Inventing the games while playing them
Wanted and needed are strong minds to defend against enemies who also amass strong minds. It takes a special breed to have the motivation to work in this arena. It is akin to computer gaming though different in that the engineers are competing in the creation of new games all of the time. It is not just playing the game, but inventing them while playing.
“Janet Napolitano: Hackers have ‘come close’ to major cyberattack
By Ed O'Keefe
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spends a considerable amount of time dealing with cybersecurity threats, including potential attacks on the nation’s infrastructure. But don’t ask her to detail the nation’s biggest cyber enemies.
Hackers have “come close”several times to shutting down elements of the nation’s infrastructure, she said, noting that Wall Street firms and transportation systems are frequent cyberattack targets.
Asked how many cyberattacks might have occurred over the course of her 45-minute Q&A session, Napolitano responded, “Thousands.”
The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of hiring about 1,000 cybersecurity specialists to combat the fast-evolving issue — and Napolitano said she would have “every cyber geek in the United States” working for her if she could.
The 1,000 hires may sound impressive, but it pales in comparison to the 3,000 specialists that the National Security Agency plans to hire to combat the issue by the end of fiscal 2012 — and the thousands more fighting cybercrime at an alphabet soup of other agencies.
But in the end, Napolitano said she believes that Homeland Security needs to serve as the nation’s “incident response center” in the event of a major attack.”