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Infrastructure Defenses Against Cyber-Attacks Require Strengthening

The US National Security Agency chief at the San Francisco-held RSA Conference (February 14-18, 2011) made an appeal to computer security specialists that they needed to work collectively towards readying the defenses that deterred cyber-attacks. Domain-b.com published this on February 19, 2011.

Stated Gen. Keith Alexander director of NSA as well as Cyber Command during the Conference, the current time was vital. The majority of damaging tools being devised were still unused, so that was an opportunity for creating and establishing defenses, Gen. Alexander suggested. Deccan Herald published this on February 18, 2011.

In addition Alexander stated that it would be appropriate to authorize the US military for looking into the safekeeping of crucial networks against malicious software as well as other disruptions. That meant that the existing defenses of the NSA for safeguarding military networks required covering civilian government organizations followed with main private-sector networks too.

Meanwhile, the remarks from Alexander follows merely 2 days from William Lyan deputy secretary of defense's similar caution who said that malware programs were clearly capable of causing actual destruction at water supplies, power grids and other crucial infrastructures. Domain-b.com published this.

Lately, UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague, while at the Munich-held 47th Security Conference had disclosed on February 8, 2011 that the Government of UK was plagued with the cyber assault. The assault apparently involved one malevolent file asserting that it was a Trident themed report that an employee from an associated company dispatched to one defense contractor. Hague said that it (the attack) undoubtedly aimed at capturing data pertaining to confidential defense plans.

Moreover, according to Alexander, one could easily imagine assaults launched against crucial infrastructures such as the energy industry and transportation system, or military networks that resulted in serious physical destruction, economic damage, or even human deaths. Physorg.com published this on February 18, 2011.

The director nevertheless, contended that the "secure areas" of the military required encompassing each-and-every crucial resource under a joint endeavor of the military and private players. He suggested that computer experts together with the national security organizations could work for better defenses without interfering into people's rights.

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