And nobody seems to care….until something happens.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness (NCSAM) month and except for the IT community nobody seems to notice. There is a cyber-war brewing in the background getting drowned out by other attention grabbing headlines, mainly the U.S. Government shutdown over ObamaCare. The shutdown has furloughed critical national cyber-security personnel and the mainstream media is not publicizing it. But what would happen if suddenly the U.S. was under a very specific and damaging cyber-attack that shut down power-grids and affected cellular and Internet communications? Of course it would be all over the news, but it could very well be too late at that point. I did find one story covered by Wolf Blitzer here: http://situationroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/04/shutdown-may-increase-cyberthreat/
Seriously, tens of millions could be affected by a cyber-attack and who would be the blame? There would be plenty of finger pointing in Washington but who would bear the responsibility for all the chaos that would certainly dominate the headlines at that point? The implications would be far worse than any natural disaster to hit the U.S. and yet nobody is truly alarmed. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pessimist nor do I preach FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt), but I really wish the major news outlets would give cyber-security awareness more exposure…before all hell breaks loose.