Doug Bedell — December 20, 2010, 10:53 am

It’s a Rough World Out There

You know it’s a queasy time when even the National Security Agency (NSA) says it assumes its computer networks have been penetrated by adversaries. “There’s no such thing as ‘secure’ any more,” observes Debra Plunkett, head of NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate.

“We have to build our systems on the assumption that adversaries will get in,” she adds. Ms. Plunkett is, of course, talking about computer networks. But one thing can lead to another.

NSA constantly fine-tunes its approach, assuming there is no such thing as a “static state of security.”

We note these unhappy realities only to be candid about today’s world, and to observe that the last line of defense is truly the fence line and front gate. (Unless we’re envisioning compromised air space, which we’d rather not.)

“More than 100 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to break into U.S.networks,”  Reuters quotes Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. Whether you’re a government or corporate agency, who might be eyeing your facility; are you prepared to welcome them accordingly?

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