Cyber-attacks readiness

“Cyber ShockWave training exercise tests US readiness for cyber-attacks”

“If we’ve learned anything from Hollywood it’s that cybersecurity is a growing national concern. And there are a couple approaches the country could take to tackle the problem. The first, which we wholeheartedly endorse, involves relying on tough guys with bad attitudes, short fuses, and a propensity for tattered clothing (at least once the bombs start dropping). The other — endorsed by Washington think tanks with names like the Bipartisan Policy Center — would be actual preparation and policy-making. To this end, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC hosted Cyber ShockWave, which only sounds like an awesome energy drink — in fact, it was a simulated, 12-hour cyber attack held yesterday. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, organizers intended “to show how the U.S. government would respond to [attacks] against its networks and infrastructure.” According to a 367-page November report by the US-China Economic Security Review Commission, the DoD has had to deal with some 54,640 total cyber attacks in 2008 — with the number of attacks increasing to 43,785 in the first half of 2009 alone. That’s a lot of attacks! On second thought, maybe the whole “preparation” and “training” thing does sound like a good idea. So long as we keep John McClane around — just in case.”

As an Internet addict, one of my biggest fears is losing access to the Internet someday. Which I only came to realize as I went through withdrawal in China and had limited access to a few sites…especially since Facebook and Youtube (and many others) have fallen to the Great Firewall.

So hooray for preparation! It’s about time, at least…

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