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[infowar.de] Firmen haben Angst vor Cyberterrorismus
Wie bei den Rüstungsfirmen dürfte man nun einen Kursanstieg sämtlicher
mit Sicherheit befasster Unternehmen beobachten - auch die IT-Sicherheit
profitiert offenbar. RB
Companies fear wave of cyberterrorism
September 17, 2001 5:09 AM PT
SAN FRANCISCO--Corporations are taking steps to protect computer
networks after this week's strikes on the Pentagon and World Trade
Center, fearing that the next attacks might be launched online,
Although many companies were in shock, some executives did not
waste any time in preparing for possible cyber attacks, which
often follow closely on the heels of international conflicts,
experts said Friday.
In a recent example, there were numerous defacements of U.S. Web
sites after the April 1 collision between a Chinese jet fighter
and a U.S. surveillance plane.
"A lot of people are concerned about cyberterrorism since the
attacks," said Joel Pogar, director of information security at
Calence Inc., a computer network consulting firm in Phoenix.
"Electronic attacks are even easier to do because you don't have
to do them on U.S. soil," Pogar said. "The Internet and electronic
communications are a lot more vulnerable. You don't need a plane
to attack an Internet connection."
Pogar said he's seen at least a 50 percent increase in business
since Tuesday, with smaller firms seeking to upgrade firewalls and
intrusion detection systems that keep malicious hackers out.
A major financial institution has asked Calence to help separate
its national computer network into five regional networks so the
whole system won't be compromised if security is breached at one
office, Pogar said.
Back to paper and faxes
In another case, a chip manufacturing company has decided to
temporarily take down its external Internet links with suppliers
until it is sure its partners have their networks secured, Pogar
"They're going low-tech, back to paper and faxes and what we used
to do in the 1980s before we had virtual private networks and
widespread Internet connections," Pogar said.
Some customers who have their networks watched by Counterpane
Internet Security also have requested additional monitoring
services, according to Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer of
the Cupertino, California-based company.
"Existing customers very quickly wanted help and assurances,"
Foundstone, a security consulting and managed services firm based
in Irvine, California, also starting taking in more business on
Tuesday, despite losing its office in the World Trade Center.
"That day we got called and had a few people who wanted immediate
attention," said Foundstone President George Kurtz. "They wanted
for us to take a look at their perimeter and make sure their
network is locked down."
Some companies were at least taking the minimal step of blocking
out encrypted e-mails to their networks, said Russ Cooper, surgeon
general of TruSecure, a security services provider based in
Still in shock
For many companies it has been too early to be taking preventive
measures, Cooper and others said.
"At least here in New York people are still so overwhelmed and
shocked they have not given much of a thought to whether they're
going to start tightening down their networks," said Fred Rica, a
partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the leader of its threat and
vulnerability assessment practice.
Even if they're not taking action now, companies are more likely
to take computer security more seriously as a result of the
attacks, said Alan Paller, director of research at the System
Administration, Networking and Security Institute in Bethesda,
There has been a change in the thinking of high-level executives
toward the importance of computer security, he said.
"They are beginning to ask not do we have a (security) plan or
policy, but are our systems protected, and that's a major shift,"
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