Can a Worm Take Down a Nuclear Power Plant?

December 15, 2010

There were recent media reports that a computer worm called the Stuxnet Worm had been released by our government to launch a cyber attack against a nuclear power plant in Iran. The worm, which was transported by using thumb drives and computers that weren’t connected to the internet, targeted the software the operated the plant. After further research, the worm actually spread to many countries and raised concerns about our own national security.

If the Stuxnet Worm or a similar worm were to attack a private business that provides critical infrastructure to the government, it could greatly hamper their ability to provide national security. The emergence of the Stuxnet Worm raises many questions about this new type of warfare. Should an international treaty be drafted? What is the best way for the government to work with the private sector to help protect our critical infrastructure?

You can read the entire report on the CRS website.


China is Back on the Attack

March 8, 2010

Recently NATO and allies have warned people about increased cyber attacks that are targeting important government and intelligence computers. And no surprise, many of these attacks are originating in China. A report released by the FBI last week stated, “a real and expanding threat.” It appears that these attacks are designed to fish for important information or to disrupt important systems. It is believed that approximately 1.6 billion attacks are targeted at our government each month.

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FTC Warns Nearly 100 Companies of Stolen Data

February 23, 2010

Yesterday, the FTC warned nearly 100 companies that personal information about employees and customers had been breached. Although the FTC wouldn’t identify the companies, they did say they included both public and private companies, small to large companies and included schools and governmental entities. It appears the source of all this lost data was none other than P2P file sharing networks on the companies computer systems. Restricting your employees from using popular P2P programs like Limewire and Kazaa is one of the first things I advise small business owners to do to protect their data. I can understand a smaller business owner not knowing the risks presented by these programs but a large publicly traded company ignoring this risk shows how far we still have to go in war against cyber criminals.

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Google Cyber Attacks traced to Chinese Schools

February 19, 2010

The recent attacks on google and other US companies that were traced to China have more specifically been traced to two Chinese schools, one that has ties to the Chinese Military. The same investigators who have traced the attacks to the schools also believe that the attacks may have started as early as April but were only recently detected. Although the Chinese government still denies they were involved in the attacks, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to believe their stance as more fingers continue to point to their involvement.

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Is there a cyber war going on between the US and China?

January 22, 2010

News broke this week about a war between Google and the US but that may only be the tip of the iceberg. Many experts contend that there is a huge Cyber War going on between as many as 20 countries. To read more, click here.

Records Management and Privacy Tips

September 8, 2009

There was a great article in SC Magazine recently about records management and privacy. They listed some areas and tips to securing records that include:
Maintain a well kept inventory of your records
Set a retention period for records
Properly store your records
Encrypt your records during transmission
Properly dispose of your records

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Too much power for the President?

August 28, 2009

Again, it looks like the government is trying to give the President more power and this time it’s in cyber space. A new senate bill proposed would give the president a “kill switch” that would shut down private networks online access. People in Silicon Valley were quick to bash this bill and thankfully so.

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