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Security means keeping the system up

When it comes to technological security, officials should shift their focus from guarding with the latest features to ensuring that critical processes keep running in the face of attacks, an expert said this week. “We’ve spent a lot of effort in building interconnected systems, but not a lot of effort in how to secure those systems and ensure continuance of critical operations,” said Tim Shimeall of Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT Analysis Center. Shimeall spoke Wednesday at the Interagency Resources Management Conference 2003 in Cambridge, Md. Security officials previously focused on how to protect one machine or a single system, Shimeall said. But as networks expand, boundaries blur and more agencies are using interoperable and connected systems. “As we involve more and more organizations, we step back from this centralized control, Shimeall said. “We need to consider that our network isn’t limited. The network we care about is more than the network we own.” Full Story

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