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U.S. Critical Infrastructure Continue to Make Risky IT Bets

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Oct 6, 2015.

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    When the term “critical infrastructure” is mentioned in conversation, thoughts immediately turn to things like electrical power plants, oil and gas pipelines, food, water, etc. You know, the foundational services of modern life that we all take for granted. These are the same industries that former Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, was referring to when he warned of the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” back in 2012. Panetta stated:

    ’An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical (railroad) switches…they could derail passenger trains or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.”

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