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Former CIA chief sees need for greater network resilience, market incentives

James Woolsey specifically cites the computers that manage the nation’s power grid. The war on terrorism will be a “war to the death” that likely will last several decades, requiring the government and the private sector to focus immediately on making critical infrastructures and systems more resilient rather than immune to deliberate attacks, a former CIA director said today. Speaking here to several hundred government and private-sector security experts at the Maritime Security Expo, James Woolsey said Americans should be prepared for the war on terrorism to last at least as long as the Cold War and for continued terrorist attacks on the soft spots in the nation’s critical physical and cybernetworks. Woolsey, now a vice president of the Global Strategic Security practice at Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. in McLean, Va., served as director of the CIA from 1991 to 1993. Full Story

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