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Clarke says the worst is yet to come

Leaving government service has not improved Richard A. Clarke’s outlook on cybersecurity. “The threat level is going up, and it is going up at a steep angle,” the former White House adviser told a lunchtime audience in Washington Thursday. Clarke, who has advised the last three presidents on national security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity, retired in February after a 30-year government career. He spoke at a security seminar hosted by TippingPoint Technologies Inc. of Austin, Texas. TippingPoint security analyst Vicki Irwin described what she called an impending train wreck for IT administrators and security officers. While the number of IT vulnerabilities and attacks is increasing exponentially, the time between discovery of a vulnerability and publication of an exploit for it is shrinking, and the speed with which attacks propagate is increasing. Recent examples of efficient and increasingly speedy exploits are the Nimda, Code Red and SQL Slammer worms, and recent attacks against the Internet’s Domain Name Service system. Full Story

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