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Hackers needed to save the world — at least America

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March 3, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Network World

According to current and former Department of Homeland Security officials who gathered to celebrate the eighth anniversary of DHS, a trio of potential nightmares for DHS include cybersecurity, homegrown terrorists and intelligence sharing. Three Homeland Security secretaries, current secretary Janet Napolitano, and former secretaries Tom Ridge (2003 – 2005) and Michael Chertoff (2005 – 2009) held a roundtable discussion at Georgetown.

According to the LA Times, Ridge spoke of technology failing in the realm of airport checkpoints. He mentioned President Kennedy wanting to go to the moon and succeeding within seven years. “It’s 10 years after 9/11 and we still haven’t figured out the right piece of technology in our airports. So apparently it’s easier to go to the moon than come up with a piece of technology to be a little bit less invasive.”

Also according to the LA Times, Stewart Baker, former head of DHS policy, said “The nightmare that the DHS has, 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.”

Napolitano said the biggest issue with technology is the fast pace in which it changes, so DHS is looking toward the 20-something generation to fill the cybersecurity gap.

Story here.