|By Patrick Hynds||
|February 7, 2006 11:30 AM EST||
You can't have it both ways. Either organizations should prepare for and test against potential attacks or they should not. Anyone who understands security knows that what does not get checked does not get done (that also applies to pretty much everything else in the world as well).
A point brought up in the critical banter on Slashdot was that by announcing the exercise, they were providing a perfect time for hackers to mask their activities. Had a detailed schedule and list of targets been provided then I would agree, but to expect a hacker to gain an advantage from the vagueness of the announcement would show that the speaker does not understand either side of the game.
During the course of my career, I have participated often in security audits, some of which included overt hacking attempts. In every case, I am certain that the exercise has greatly improved the security of the organizations involved and in some cases has headed off what would certainly have been devastating losses. Security is like any system maintenance that must be done. It can be done well or it can be done badly. More than once a misguided administrator has brought down a critical server with an error in scheduling or other configuration. To assume that the Cyber Storm will produce a negative result is cynical and if the cynics predict doom often enough they will certainly be correct eventually.
I say we avoid criticizing organizations that take steps to improve systems and hold the apportioning of blame until after there is something worthy of blame. I hate cynics.
|InfoPoint 02/07/06 11:53:22 AM EST|
The DHS will not be firing cyber bullets at your networks this coming week. The exercise is scenario-driven and is designed to test the intercommunication capabilities and response procedures for several agencies and some private sector companies.
|an0n 02/07/06 09:32:46 AM EST|
Steps to prevent an attack:
1. Turn off the router
Isnt that in everyone's computer emergency manual ?
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