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Ranking the global cyberthreat, IT infrastructure risks
This article is part of the February 2011 issue of IT in Europe
A report to the 34-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned governments to keep cyberthreats in proportion and not to entrust the defence of critical national infrastructure to the military. The military needs to do a lot to protect its own systems, but that doesn’t put it in a good position to go out and solve this in the wider economy. The problem is much broader and goes across the private sector. —DR. IAN BROWN, senior research fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford The report, “Reducing Systemic Cybersecurity Risk” (.pdf), co-authored by Professor Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics and Dr. Ian Brown, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, concludes that a ”cyberwar” fought solely in cyberspace is highly unlikely, but it does concede that a cyber element will feature in any armed conflict. However, they insist that few single cyber-related events have the capacity to cause a global shock, and that most breaches of ...
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