Federal Cyber Security Official: Prepare For The Worst

    Date09 Nov 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3598
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The nation must prepare for the worst-case scenario when it comes to securing the Internet, warned Richard Clarke, President Bush's special advisor on cyberspace security, on Wednesday. "We haven't patched the holes literally or figuratively. We have a system that's vulnerable . . . The nation must prepare for the worst-case scenario when it comes to securing the Internet, warned Richard Clarke, President Bush's special advisor on cyberspace security, on Wednesday. "We haven't patched the holes literally or figuratively. We have a system that's vulnerable to sophisticated attackers, not just the 14-year-olds," Clarke said.

    The possibility of a cyberattack in the magnitude of the physical attacks of Sept. 11 could result in "catastrophic damage to our economy" and possibly damage the national defense system, he said.

    Clarke spoke at a dinner here hosted by Microsoft as part of its Trusted Computing Forum on security and privacy issues.

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