Cyber War on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes’ episode on Cyber War last night was a prime time admission that it’s time for America to start investing in robust information control. I just finished reading an excellent book on this topic by Richard Clarke appropriately labeled Cyber War. If you want further details, I strongly recommend you watch the video to the left and read Mr. Clarke’s eye-opening book on the subject. He speaks from deep experience. Here’s what we already know:

  • Cyber attacks have already happened on American military targets, including the Department of Defense.
  • Cyber thieves, in a single instance, stole enough top secret information from government sources (D.O.D., State Department) to fill the Library of Congress.
  • Cyber forces (military or otherwise) have already taken down power grids (Brazil), radar systems (Middle East) and military functionality (the Republic of Georgia).

What happens against military targets today will be happening against corporate targets tomorrow. There should be no excuses left.

John Sileo is the award-winning author of Stolen Lives and Privacy Means Profit (Wiley, August 2010), a professional Financial Speaker and America’s leading identity theft expert. His clients include the Department of Defense, FTC, FDIC and Pfizer. Contact him on 800.258.8076.

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