Are You Cyber Proof Yet?

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By: Tom Chatham

The events of the past few days show just how vulnerable the U.S. is to cyber warfare. Many people have read about the problems that can occur if the infrastructure is attacked and disabled or destroyed cutting everyone off to essential services. Here are some of the services that were compromised on just one day this week.

– The WSJ suffered computer problems resulting in outage

– Service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint suffered computer problems affecting their services

-The NYSE was down for almost 4 hours due to a computer “glitch”

– United Airlines was grounded nationwide as computer problems shut down their operations

These four incidents, while not officially due to cyber attack, are just an example of what is possible if cyber attackers wish to do some harm. These four incidents cover, transportation, communication, information and financial sectors of the economy. The…

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