Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cyber Self-Defense and U.S. Security

Three U.S. senators (including Maine's Senator Snowe) recently collaborated on a study about cybersecurity.  Many of their conclusions are classified but there is one observation that can be shared with the public. 
"Simply put, computer users must practice active cyber self-defense. This means that if users would allow automatic, and generally free, software updates and maintained up-to-date antivirus software, most cyberthreats could be defeated. If computer users observed these basic "rules of the road" on the information superhighway, all Americans would be safer from cyberattacks."
The senators write that Americans can do their part to keep our countries secure.  By simply using free security software upgrades that are available online many of these cyber threats can be defeated. 
"For example, according to a recent report by Symantec, one-third of all internet attacks between April and June 2010 sought to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer for which a patch has been available since 2004. The attack remains popular with hackers because six years later, many computers are still not patched." 
Read the entire article here - "Cyber self-defense can help U.S. security", CNN Opinion, September 3, 2010.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The current U.S. administration is rightly placing emphasis on cyber security. Hiring personnel certified in security certifications from organization such as ec council will help fortify the cyber infrastructure and reduce vulnerabilities. The authorities must also encourage more enrolments in engineering stream at undergraduate level to meet future requirements of cyber experts.