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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Software poses terror threat to UK

The United States has been warned by leading IT consultants that the use of outsourced commercial software puts them at risk from terrorist attacks. And, although the UK has not yet been warned, they too have the same problem.

The Cyber Defense Agency (CDA) shared their fears with the U.S. and hope to be in communication with the UK soon to alert them of the dangers. Not only could major central agencies be taken down by cyber attacks but so could a variety of other companies such as electricity and telecom agencies.

Sami Saydjari, a former leader of the National Security Agency and chief executive of CDA, said: “Outsourced commercial software used by the military and critical infrastructures poses a silent, but significant security risk to the defense and welfare of the United States. The chances of strategic damage from a cyber- terrorist attack on the United States increases the longer it takes the US military and critical infrastructures to remedy the risks posed with using outsourced software."

Learn more about the risks and how to protect your clients in the complete article (link above).

Blogged by Joshua Feinberg