Cyber risk ‘equals 9/11 impact’

The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway.Michael Chertoff invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.He told the world’s biggest IT security conference that serious threats to cyberspace are on “a par this country tragically experienced on 9/11”. security chief: cyber-threats ‘on par’ with 9/11
Computer-based threats are now as serious as those in the material world, the US Homeland Security Secretary saidOne of America’s most senior security officials has said that the threat posed by cyber-crime is “on a par” with the attacks of September 11, 2001.Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Secretary, said that computer-based attacks had the ability to cripple financial institutions and government networks. Chief: Feds Need Help to Defend ‘Net Against Cyberattacks
Cyberattacks directed against critical infrastructure targets pose one of the greatest threats to national security in the post-9/11 era, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the RSA security conference this week.,144360-c,privacysecurity/article.htmlChertoff on Cybersecurity: ‘Reverse Manhattan Project’ Needed
After working for years to prevent cyberterrorist attacks on the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has approached the private sector for help. At a talk given to information security professionals at the RSA Security Conference, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned that a cyberterrorist attack would hurt the U.S. as much as the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. cyber readiness lagging, panel says
Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, more organized and more dangerous, according to security experts at this week’s RSA show.At the same time, federal funding for cybersecurity research is lagging, legislation aimed at toughening up the laws against cybercrime is stalled and cooperation between private and public sectors could be better.

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