Doug Bedell — October 22, 2012, 9:47 am

Secretary Panetta Voices an IT Warning

Security from the Internet and other forms of information technology (IT) is becoming as pressing as physical security, if not more so. Physical security involves a given locale, but IT security can challenge vast systems. U.S.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta put it this way last week, according to In Homeland Security:

“The collected results of these attacks could be a cyber Pearl Harbor — an attack that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life. In fact, it would paralyze and shock the nation and create a new, profound sense of vulnerability. A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11. Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.”

Such dire technology portents aren’t necessarily new, but something in the IT realm has apparently caught Secretary Panetta’s attention big-time. Thus it’s time for every technology-using organization – and which one isn’t? – to enhance its own attention to IT security.

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