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Video: Will there be a digital Pearl Harbor?

Will there be one major catastrophe, or just smaller disasters? Panelists discuss what security issues we should be watching out for, where the threat might come from, and the difficulties in predicting the unpredictable.

Will there be one major catastrophe, or just smaller disasters? Panelists discuss what security issues we should be watching out for, where the threat might come from, and the difficulties in predicting the unpredictable. Panelists include: Whitfield Diffie, vice president and chief security officer for Sun Microsystems; Ronald Rivest, Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; Adi Shamir, professor of computer science at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; and Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer for BT Counterpane. Moderating the panel is Ari Juels, chief scientist and director of RSA.

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4 comments
Colonel.IronMike
Colonel.IronMike

Maybe. Sooner or later, definitely. It will cost the corporate entities some money but it won't make much difference to real people. Like any cyber-anything, it will come and go before most people figure out what it is. What is the big deal? On the other hand, Cyber scammers are costing average people billions and the police don't care at all. Offshore telephone farms are convincing the naive to Western Union their life savings to them in frightening quantities. I've called Attorney Generals, County attorneys, FBI, and local police units and nobody cares if the average user gets ripped off or not. Quit squandering your attention on the gaudy super crisis' like Y2K and help your neighbor who is getting mugged right now.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

At the RSA 2009 conference, IT security specialists and computer scientists discussed the likelihood of a major IT disaster or attack. You can watch the discussion in the IT Dojo blog: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=551 Do you believe that the relevant government agencies and private organizations in your country are doing enough to prepare for and defend against a significant digital attack? Take our poll and let us know what you think? Poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=558

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

End virus now.

santeewelding
santeewelding

It's hard to tease the secrets from a chipset when you're coughing and sneezing all over it.

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