Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many physical security systems in the United States underwent radical change. But what of our constantly growing online systems? Each new hacking attack and government revelation seems to indicate that national online defenses are weaker than ever.
So how much of a problem is the current state of national cyber security, and what can government agencies do to improve it beyond spying on other countries — and on U.S. citizens?
“How real is the threat? One needs to look no further than the latest headlines to know that this is not a theoretical concern,” said Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based security firm Zscaler.