August 24, 2011

Command Post: "How Vulnerable Is Our Infrastructure to Cyber Attack?"

The folks who get paid to stay up at night worrying about cyber-security are always telling us that our basic infrastructure -- the online computer networks that run our water, electricity, banking and other vital systems -- are big fat targets just waiting to be taken down by skilled hackers. Well, it hasn't happened yet. Are we just lucky -- or just whistling past the graveyard? John Nagl, of the Center for a New American Security, and your Battleland scribe ruminate on the topic with James Lewis, a cyber-security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Kristin Lord, a security analyst who just wrapped up work on a major CNAS study into the topic.