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Cyber security a potential nightmare for officials

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March 2, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Los Angeles Times

Cyber security is a potential “nightmare” for the Department of Homeland Security in the years ahead, as well as concerns about home grown terrorists and intelligence sharing, officials said at a seminar marking the department’s eight anniversary.

“The nightmare that the DHS has,” said former head of policy at DHS Stewart Baker, “is that a very sophisticated hacker, perhaps working for Hezbollah, manages to infiltrate our electric grid and to bring down power to a portion of the United States, not for an hour or two, but for days or weeks. This would create a major humanitarian crisis.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the rapid pace of change is the biggest issue with technology.

“The problem with cyber is almost by the time you’re talking about something, they’re on to the next thing,” Napolitano. “It is really a fast moving field that, quite frankly, probably none of us are as good at understanding as somebody who’s 20 years old, so this is an area where we’re really trying to hire people. And if there are students in the audience that have any cyber interest I would ask them to see me after.”

Story here.