Prompted by “Report: Security Of U.S. Agencies In Dire State, Employee Logins Widely Leaked”: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/us-government-employees-leaked-logins,29444.html
“It’s becoming clear that the U.S. government needs to drastically increase the security of its digital properties before any more data is stolen. It also needs to do so quickly, before those who have already pilfered sensitive data in the recent hacks can start using it against the very systems the government is trying to secure.”
It’s already clear (and has been for generations) that everyone at risk of serious loss upon ‘black hat’ hacking must do this.
I haven’t talked much about technology relations, because of my focus elsewhere (and I’ll even keep this brief), but a major strike upon our computer networks would obviously be severely crippling.
As someone who worked as the sole information technology maintainer for a small law firm, I was stunned by the ease at which I could have erased all data (with one command nonetheless) in a manner that would have been impossible (for all intents and purposes) to detect. The result would have been catastrophic — multi-million dollar cases crash upon many lives and ripple roughly as a complex shock wave of judicially applied (and resulting emotional) hell — and that’s just one small law firm.
The serious warning for us all is there, but so too is traditional public apathy in yet another ‘it will not happen to us’ chapter of human living where we (yes, I’m guilty of this too, until I get a better grip on portable device security) often install apps that request (and we grant) access to possibly record our private lives at home — feel free to look out for the camera and microphone on your smartphone, tablet, and/or smart television (if not also your new car, etc.)
Being a very busy man, it’s hard to keep up with technology in general (nonetheless security), but it must be done for us all.