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NYC: Cybersecurity Goes Beyond IT Industry

New York City’s chief information officer Gino Menchini has a firm warning to the online security industry: Cybersecurity threats go well beyond the enterprise. In a keynote address at the InfoSecurity conference here, Menchini issued a call for the security industry to move beyond responding to an enterprise-only event and address the possibility of responding to major disasters like worst power outage in U.S. history that hit the much of the northeast in August. “The Internet has transformed software bugs from an annoyance into a global danger,” said Menchini. He noted that statistics from the CERT Coordination Center are projecting about 15 new vulnerabilities daily by 2005. “This is clearly hard to manage and expensive to keep up with. Both the risks and the costs of defenses are high and moving higher,” said Menchini, who is New York City’s point man on IT security. In the wake of the destructive worm and virus outbreaks this year, when Slammer, MSBlast and Sobig.F wreaked havoc on corporate networks, Menchini said IT projects are smartly integrating security needs alongside the financial considerations. Full Story

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