It may be a bit dire for a Friday, but this story from Wired paints a chilling picture of the current cybersecurity landscape.
Based on a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the story details the near-constant, coordinated cyberattacks being executed against critical infrastructure around the world.
There’s plenty here to keep you up nights, including the
“Among the more serious findings in the report is that some of the most sensitive critical infrastructure entities around the world, such as those for energy and natural-resource industries (such as water and sewage plants), are some of the least secure.”
While not the cheeriest of reads, it’s a good reminder of the need to refocus our national and global efforts to protect the technology on which we all rely. At the State of the Net Conference this week, new White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt said he had the tools he needs to begin making the necessary changes at the federal level.
That’s good news; because while the federal government does not operate most of our nation’s critical infrastructure, leadership by example may provide the spark needed for industries, governments and users to start meeting the growing threat with the resources and attention it deserves.