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Information Security

Information security can mean protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction. This goes beyond just computers and networks. Risks and threats can come from individuals, acts of nature, and new technology.

This topic affects everyone in the federal workforce - top to bottom. Thus, it is also the responsibility of everyone in the federal workforce to protect the information from threats.

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#1 Posted : Monday, December 7, 2009 4:36:03 AM(UTC)

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Bill Jackson, security reporter for sister site GCN, says that the idea of a digital Pearl Harbor (something we've been hearing about for years) is unlikely:
"Although cyber threats are real, the chances of a Digital Pearl Harbor remain small. This is due not so much to the success of our cyber defenses, which in many places remain inadequate, but to the realities of warfare and networking. Blowing a fleet out of the water is not easy, but taking down a network—-I mean really taking it down, to the point where it is gone for good—-is even harder."
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#2 Posted : Monday, December 7, 2009 8:52:37 AM(UTC)

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I think so. China is the major source of most hack attempts these days. Even though it was a made up term for newest Die hard Movie, a fire sale could take us out.
Only if we the SysAdmins and ISO/IPOs keep up our guard will it be mitigated.
#3 Posted : Wednesday, December 9, 2009 1:46:06 AM(UTC)

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It was complacency that led to Pearl Harbor.  The battleships of battleship row were obviously safe because the harbor was so shallow, aerial torpedoes were believed by all accounts, impossible and no submarine could get past the sub-net.  Well, the Japanese found a way to use aerial torpedoes in a shallow harbor (and it was really very simple, just a wooden addition to the rudder assembly, nothing fancy) and a midget submarine was able to slip past the sub-net.


If we become complacent about Cybersecurity because of how difficult it is to take “the system down” then we are just as foolish as the Navy brass back at Pearl Harbor.  Our mottos should be “Ever Vigilant” and “Nothing Is Impossible”.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, February 25, 2010 2:35:07 PM(UTC)

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Think of it more like cyber Armageddon. Imagine Chinese government hackers take down a vast amount of US government and commercial networks,causing billions of dollars worth of damage. They don't just have to contend with the US governments response,which could range from cyber attacks to perhaps physical strikes against critical network infrastucture (sending submarines to sever transatlantic cables perhaps) to political measures (having allies filter internet traffic or disconnect communications links). They also have to deal with thousands of skilled hackers who might decide to take matters into their own hands and organize ad-hoc attacks against their systems. On top of that,they might have to deal with the more conventional issues of things like economic sanctions and perhaps even physical attacks. The whole idea of pearl harbor was to decapitate our pacific fleet and take us out of the war before we could respond. It should also be noted that while the attack was rather successful,the strategy was an absolute failure,and in fact the minute the US entered the war,it was the beginning of the end for the Axis.

 The reality is,no matter how much damage hackers could do to our networks,its easily fixable. Companies get hacked all the time. Sometimes they get hacked and it does alot of damage. They allways fix it. The only thing a "Cyber Pearlharbor" would do is make a lot of companies have ot fix it at the same time. It would be a little blip on the economy's radar.

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#5 Posted : Sunday, May 16, 2010 6:17:15 AM(UTC)

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The idea of such an event is nonsensical.  Anyone here who has actually worked in the field doing IS work should know how cumbersome and human error prone such a practice is.  It is as close to impossible as extracting energy outside of conservation permits in existing field theories.  "Hacking," contrary to the way it is portrayed in the movies (the sole purpose of which is to bring in the new recruits, children, who'll be fascinated by ADD causing graphics to go and study CS, and build expensive systems to mimic movie "hackers") information analysis and mounting an actual exploit is tedious and time consuming.  Meaning you have to know your s*&t.  But such a attack is kind of a nuisance nothing more (perhaps it can calculated in monetary and work loss terms, but nothing more), in my opinion.
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