Thursday, March 16, 2006

Department of Homeland Security

My rant for the week:

If this doesn't cook your noodle I'm not sure what will. Read: DHS Gets Another F in Computer Security.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with setting the government's cyber security agenda, earned a grade of F for the third straight year from the House Government Reform Committee.

This is not a good situation. I think about this...If you wanted to cause irreputable harm to the US without touching our soil or air space, how would you do it? Attack the government and corporate computer systems. Don't think for a second that terrorist groups and countries alike have not started preparing for just that. I don't want to sound fanatical but this could be the types of things we see in the next wave of terrorism and for that matter warfare in general. Luckily this will likely lead to no innocents dying, but may lead to the demise of corporate and government assets and privacy.

The worst part about this is that the people that run the government and the people who elect them are not aware of this notion of computer security. These are likely the same people that have a post-it note on their monitor with their password on it. Change of this type will have to come from the bottom, young people that are computer knowledgable eventually growing up and running this country and it's businesses. Sadly, I doubt that we have that much time before the cyber version of 9/11 happens.


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