Cyber Plan Falls Short
The PCIBP's strategy is about as helpful as duct taping servers.By the time you read this, officials may have ratcheted down the orange terror alert a notch, but no matter: The threats against our critical computing infrastructure are as great as ever. Unless you read eWeek or closely monitor news from the Department of Homeland Security, you may not be aware that the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace is now complete, announced unceremoniously by Secretary Tom Ridge Feb. 14. The strategy, prepared by the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, probably could not have prevented Slammer, although prevention is one of three objectives, along with reducing vulnerabilities and minimizing damage and recovery time from attacks. Unfortunately, such an outline at present is about as helpful as duct taping servers and wrapping them in plastic sheeting.
There has been no clear connection made between cyber-security and terrorist activities, but the PCIPB is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and alleged terrorists do possess more than a working knowledge of computer systems and how to bring them down, or they can hire people who can.