Over the past two weeks, I've learned more than I've ever wanted to know about Internet security issues ranging from website downtime to cyber terrorism. Ignorance was indeed bliss. Now, being exposed to the threats that all businesses and even countries face is certainly not very comforting.
In the article, I reference the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. There are some interesting - and scary - excerpts from a US Senate press release about this bill that are noteworthy for supply chain professionals and the general public alike. Here are a few of those excerpts:
- "The Internet...is now a necessity of modern life, and sadly one that is under constant attack."
- "For all of its ‘user-friendly’ allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets. Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies -- cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals."
- "We cannot afford to wait for a 'cyber 9/11' before our government finally realizes the importance of protecting our digital resources, limiting our vulnerabilities, and mitigating the consequences of penetrations of our networks."
- "Key elements of the legislation include...[d]evelopment of a comprehensive supply chain risk management strategy to address risks and threats to the information technology products and services the federal government relies upon. This strategy will allow agencies to make informed decisions when purchasing IT products and services."
A lot of people are taking the cyber security threat seriously.
Are you?To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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