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  • Preparedness, vigilance keys to addressing mounting cyber threats

    Hartford Business Journal - 12/17/2012

    Cybersecurity breaches continue to plague the information technology community in and outside Connecticut.

    Last year, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team received more than 100,000 incident reports and released more than 5,000 actionable cyber security alerts and publications.

    Anti-virus software maker Symantec 2011 State of the Enterprise report identified cyber-risk as the top concern of IT staffs, and reported that an average enterprise incurs more than $2 million per year in service loss due to security issues.

    “It is critical for the country to have enough well trained cyber security professionals to be prepared to defend the country,” said Agnes Chan, director of graduate education in Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science. “Technology alone cannot solve security problems, people have to be aware of the social contexts related to cyber security. It is critical that interdisciplinary programs such as ours are created with the goal of producing well prepared cyber-corps.”

    Chan said “hands-on” experience has to be part of the training in cybersecurity.