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.
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