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Foremost cyber security expert warns of likely cyber attacks

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, June 02, 2011

Eugene H. Spafford is one of the foremost cyber security experts in the U.S., serving as an advisor to businesses and the government. In a recent interview, he spoke of the big failures being made to protect critical infrastructure and customer information.

The MIT Technology Review reports that Spafford ardently believes that businesses must abide by all recommended cyber security protocols to protect their networks. Spafford affirms that a number of steps can be taken, including the proper maintenance of buildings and grounds, as well as actively thinking about the potential consequences of a cyber security breach and what kind of effects they can have.

What's more, Stafford asserts that many businesses are woefully unprepared to deal with the sophisticated attacks hackers launch. He also recommends companies comply with government standards and fortify their networks against risks that could cause significant damage.

"It's the responsibility of informed parties within an organization to understand the risks and appropriately plan the investment up front to build defenses against the most expensive risks, and to make plans about how to cope with what's left when they occur," Stafford said in the interview.

With recent reports finding that smart grid security protocols are not being taken, utilities should be careful to properly secure their cyber security networks. 

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