Thursday, June 07, 2007

Cyberwarfare in Perspective

Cyberwarfare isn't what it's cracked up to be. In this Information Week blog post yesterday, Patricia Keefe makes some interesting points and puts it in perspective.

Terrorists are like spoiled children looking for attention. They're also pyromaniacs. They like bonfires and burning buildings (think 9/11). Burning things attract far more attention and are so much more macho than some wimpy network slowdown.

Keefe asked if the recent cyberattack on Estonia really caught people's attention. She said it really didn't.

That doesn't mean that cyberattacks against our infrastructure won't happen, or aren't serious. But Keefe makes the point that businesses, who are the main target, should take the old-fashioned approach -- beef up their disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

Being prepared is what makes the most sense, not fretting over what might or might not happen.


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