It's safe to say that a large-scale cybersecurity calamity will occur, just as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks torment the people of the planet earth. Mini security calamities hit computers almost every day in the form of worms and other vulnerabilities. Although enterprises are getting better at handling the daily deluge, the U.S. response to a large-scale cyber attack would be about the same as FEMA's grossly inadequate response to Katrina, according to an article by news.com's Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache. "The nation is applying Band-Aids, rather than developing the inherently more secure information technology that our nation requires," said Ed Lazowska, a computer science professor at the University of Washington who co-chaired the president's Information Technology Advisory Committee. The DHS has a lot of battles to fight, including many organizational, internal and political conflicts, and cybersecurity gets lost in the shuffle. We'll suffer a major cyber meltdown, and then we'll have investigations and hearings to find out what went wrong. In this case, real weapons of mass disruption do exist, and there is no excuse for not doing more than applying band-aids.
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