why we need a cybersecurity chill pill…

why we need a cybersecurity chill pill…

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he foreign policy wonk blog Best Defense is making the case that we need to turn the inevitable wind-down of cybersecurity hysteria in the media after the news splash made by revelations about the Stuxnet virus, into our permanent attitudes. Basically, the media and politicians are really good at overreacting and forgetting an important issue when its cleansed out of the news cycle, however, we need a balance of both. We have to be aware but not overly paranoid that we're going to get hit with another malicious horror that turns our machines against us. Sounds great but it's kind of vague and cryptic. On a scale of one to ten, with one being completely calm and then being tear-your-hair-out paranoid, how freaked out should we be? A five? A three? A six? While I'm not an expert on guesstimating the appropriate panic levels about security issues, when I can add is that making the kind of malware that can strike real world targets is very, very hard, and we shouldn't be terrified of a viral infestation of our power plants and grids because it takes a lot of time and effort to execute an attack.
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