Is government ignoring the threat of cyberterrorism?
The government has not been taking the threat of cyberterrorism seriously enough, according to the author of a new book on the subject. Dan Verton, author of Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyberterrorism, said the private sector has forestalled regulating privately owned critical infrastructure components despite government recognition of their importance to national security. “If we are going to call them national security concerns, we should start treating them like national security concerns,” he said during a speech at the Cato Institute in Washington. Verton criticized the IT security community for what he called appeasement, accepting unacceptable levels of risk and focusing on past threats rather than future dangers. “This is going to be one of the primary battlefields of the future,” he said. “We need to have a discussion of cybervulnerabilities today, before the next failure occurs.” Full Story