After 9/11, poorly planned responses crippled the airlines industry and nearly bankrupted the country-and the integration of government communication systems that could have prevented the event in the first place is still not complete.
The real concern is that we do, in fact, get hit with a 9/11 cyber attack, as the Department of Defense has anticipated, and that the response to the event either creates an even bigger financial or privacy problem or sets the stage for a much larger attack. None of these are mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, we need to anticipate such a dire outcome. If you are driven to interconnect your systems nationally, then doing it quickly, let alone at all, would be a very unwise idea.
Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. Previously, he was the Senior Research Fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group. Prior to that he worked for IBM and held positions in Internal Audit, Competitive Analysis, Marketing, Finance and Security. Currently, Enderle writes on emerging technology, security and Linux for a variety of publications and appears on national news TV shows that include CNBC, FOX, Bloomberg and NPR.
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