Saturday, February 19, 2011

After our Oppenheimer Moment

After Stuxnet's 'Oppenheimer Moment' the risk of catastrophic technological failure is real. A hacker is no longer a pasty kid in his Mom's basement or a thug in a former Soviet Republic but could be an agent of state power, a hacktivist or corporate spy.

As an individual, you need to educate yourself about high risk threats and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. As a civilization, we need to train up a generation of geeks to help mitigate the inevitable blowback of this strange new future.

My students have signed up for the SANS Cyber Security Challenge. If you know any high school aged people, I recommend that you encourage them to do the same.

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