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Recent news cycles have been filled with reports of increasing cyberattacks against the United States infrastructure — energy, water, communications and transportation sectors — that the government is ill-prepared to deal with.
According to RT.com, the ICS-CERT Monitor — a newsletter published by Homeland Security Department’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team — reported that United States government cyber experts confirm that attacks waged against America’s essential sectors rose 52 percent in 2012. The report also notes that the number of qualified personnel able to respond to these attacks is inadequate.
“Over the course of my career, these kinds of attacks have gotten more and more sophisticated,” said former Los Alamos resident Brian Zaugg. Zaugg is senior director of IT security for Applied Micro, a semi-conductor chip design company, who also spent seven years working for defense contractor Raypheon.
“A long time ago, it was destructive, but it was just pranks. Today it’s an organized, highly coordinated kind of thing, where it’s either nations or criminal organizations that have much more organized goals and the attacks get more and more sophisticated and try to do more specific things.”