Government Patches Security Hole

by Robert D
Last year, Wikileaks (the wiki for any and all leaked information) came into possession of “hundred of thousands” of classified documents from the White House that revealed faulty security measures. After a long reviewing process, they plan on patching the associated security holes. As it turns out, the security provided for computers used by the CIA, the Pentagon, and other government sectors lags far behind what you’d expect from a private company. To solve the problem, many government branches will have their security updated, and there are plans for watching for “insider threats,” such as the leak that caused these documents to be released in the first place.

Reflection

It’s easy to forget how important security is. Over the past year, we’ve seen many high-end companies be targeted by hackers. Almost every time, the hacks themselves are simple scripts. Whether it’s CIA documents on the line, Sony’s entire business model (Sony had at least half a dozen sites hacked, mostly through SQL injections), or even the programs you run at work, you need to remember to protect yourself.

It doesn’t take a high-end hacker to bring an entire network’s infrastructure down. If recent events are any indication, anyone who can google a script can do it. Remember to lock down sensitive information; you might not be as lucky, as to have someone hack you, and not sell your information.

Schmitt, Eric. “White House Orders New Computer Security Rules.” NY Times. 6 October, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/us/politics/white-house-orders-new-computer-security-rules.html?_r=1&ref=technology

2 thoughts on “Government Patches Security Hole”

  1. I agree with you on securing your info. I don’t know how much we really know about our government and its security after all the first thing we spend our money on is defense. So it is hard to believe that someone can just hack the government. I believe that cables got leaked through very gifted hackers working as a group. But nothing is 100% secure so I do agree that since the Wikileaks the government should beef up it’s internet and database security after all we wouldn’t want intel about our country sent to terrorists in other countries. I still feel safe and secure in the US even though some of its policies are questionable but that is another topic.

    On a side note I couldn’t see your picture.

  2. You’re completely right, I think we forget how “exposed” we really are. I just can’t believe the government would be on the same boat. They hold precious information about every single one of us, how are we supposed to feel safe now. I understand things happen, wiki-leaks, is a good example of that. But we need to be smarter than that. I worked for a mortgage company last year, who didn’t even have an anti-virus in any of the computers. I was appalled, this company had irreplaceable information of so many people and they had no type of security. I guess it’s safe to say that they were lucky that no one really wanted all the information available.

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