Daniel Gaynor: Cybersecurity next national security challenge
Truman Digital Strategist Daniel Gaynor in the San Fransisco Chronicle:
An unknown group of criminals had attacked the computer networks of gas pipeline systems, announced the Department of Homeland Security last month. This story didn’t make the headlines, but it should have. It represents yet another brazen attack on the United States using a new form of terrorism: cyber-attack. In other words, hackers used computers – not guns and grenades – to attack in a very physical way. In face of these dangers, Congress is debating two cybersecurity bills in the Senate.
When average Americans think about national security, they picture X-rays or metal detectors at the airport. We’ve heard about guys with bombs hidden in their shoes and underpants. But what most people don’t think about are criminals who strike at Americans from a laptop. Regrettably, they can be just as destructive as the terrorists that we hear about on the news.