February 4, 2010

Virtual Threats Meet the Real World

Derek Reveron, Atlantic Council

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Within just the last decade, people have become as dependent on the virtual world for their daily activities as they are dependent on the physical world for human activities. Consider the implications for yourself when the network is down, cell phone calls are dropped, or a virus crashes your network. In many cases, daily routines are broken, frustrations rise, and work stops. There are clear benefits to information technology, which we now embrace as essential to our lives, our economy, and ultimately our national security.

Information technology connects people in unique ways. Global fiber optic networks have also enabled communication in an unprecedented manner, propelling the emergence of India as the world’s “back office,” allowing companies to move...

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