IT security equals job security

Did you ever expect that our IT networks would be a worldwide battleground for highly sophisticated cyber warfare? IT security certainly will provide job security for the next decade or until we rebuild the Internet from scratch.

The New York Times reported a few days ago that "A secret legal review on the use of America’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, according to officials involved in the review."

In short, the legal beagles have concluded that the U.S. President has the broad power to order pre-emptive strikes on any country preparing to launch a major digital attack against the U.S. There is an ongoing campaign by the Administration to create new ground rules for any U.S. engagement in cyberspace. We soon expect more approvals for rules how the military can defend or retaliate against cyberattacks launched by unfriendly nation states.

These new rules will also clarify the depth that U.S. intelligence agencies are allowed to go when they look for and try to stop imminent threats against U.S. assets in cyberspace. Attacks in cyberspace are often on civilian targets as we have seen recently during the DDoS attacks on U.S. Banks. We all need to be aware our own network is potentially vulnerable. The price of freedom is constant alertness and willingness to fight back. Implementing a mandatory security awareness training for all employees is no longer optional.

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