2010 Trends: #2 – Cyber-Terrorism

It’s not exactly an uplifting topic and the idea of electronic warfare may seem abstract and futuristic, but it is happening now and we may see more of it in 2010.  As retired general Wesley Clark and Peter Levin wrote in a recent issue of Foreign Affairs, entitled Securing the Information Superhighway most poorly understand this new security threat.

There were a number of terrorist attacks on information technology in 2010. On 4th of July, a number of US government and South Korean websites were attacked, the impact was minor. Last month, a group claiming to be the Iranian Cyber Army hacked the popular micro-blogging site Twitter, again Twitter are known to have weak security and this is not the first time it has be compromised, but as information technology assumes a critical function in society, so it will increasingly become a terrorist target.  Whilst, security is not a new theme, contingency planning for such events and potential communication disruption must be an important component of any project plan.

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