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@idgconnect Paris attack: Will it take ‘cyber 911’ for people to see the risk?

“Life’s essentials; water, food production, refrigeration, heat, light could be disabled very quickly…” wrote Carl Herberger, Vice President of Security at Radware in a statement last night.
“Critical infrastructure in an attractive target for terrorists because of the immense operational and economic damage that would occur with any major shutdown,” cyber expert, Cameron Brown tells IDG Connect.

While Chancellor George Osborne warned the UK that that Islamic State militants are in the process of developing weapons to cyber-attack core civilian targets like hospitals or air traffic control.
Over the phone from the US this morning Herberger is very worried indeed about the threat cyber-warfare poses. “I think with the trend we’re on, it is a forecastable event,” he says.

“We have been trying to protect people’s identities for decades. Yet there have been almost daily attacks.” If we can’t protect people’s identities against crime, what hope can we possibly have against more insidious ideological threats?

Herberger believes part of the security issues is this is still not in most ordinary people’s consciousness. And it will most likely take one attack – like 911 – to show people the true danger of a mass coordinated cyber-attack.

Normally you wait for evidence, he says: “the risk here is so high we have to act on the suspicion”.
Strategies for addressing the threat of digital violence from cyberterrorism are “fundamentally different” from those targeting cybercrime, Brown tell us.

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