Richard Clarke

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Richard Clarke served as special advisory to President Bush on cyber-security and is now a security consultant and author. His novel Breakpoint describes a frightening cyber-attack scenario and in this extended interview he argues it's not so far-fetched.

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Paul Ruiz from Seattle, WA

With sex, you actually have the potential of actual real harm but almost nobody thinks it would be a good idea to let the government regulate when and with whom you could have sex. People can show poor judgement but as a health issue this is mitigated by education and experience not restriction and irrational fear mongering.

In my 14 years as a internet security professional I've seen far more harm to the bottom line in the cost of unnecessary security measures than any potential harm from real threats. This isn't to say that there isn't risk but far less than you'd find in a bar on a Saturday night.

The computer security industry is a multi-billion dollar money maker and fear is their primary marketing tool.

Mar. 17 2009 07:55 PM
John Fisher

Please, when you take on a technical subject, go get a professional technical journalist to ask the questions. There are literally hundreds of computer journalists out there who know what to ask.

This fellow Clark is a nobody. He sounds like he can't tell a packet from a port, and he uses an Air Force ad as a source? puhleeeze.

There is no doubt that the government is very bad at securing its networks and servers, for general incompetence, just look at the infamous FBI network fiasco. But the scenario of taking over the nation's electric grid for months? Nonsense! Most of the grid is totally dumb and requires a person on site to make changes. For the rest of it, once something went wrong a guy in a hardhat would just drive up and unplug the network connection.

start with Bruce Schneier. He's the real thing.

- a guy who works for a network switch maker

Mar. 13 2009 06:51 PM

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