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Post Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:12 pm

WEF: Cyber Attacks are a Top Five Threat, Secure Systems Don't Exist

Posted by Paul Lilly of MaximumPC:


In case ending the work week on Friday the 13th wasn't enough of an ominous way to head into the weekend, consider this: for the first ever, the World Economic Forum (WEF) identified cyber attacks on governments and businesses as one of the top five global risks in terms of likelihood. In fact, it's the first time any kind of technology risk ranked in the top five.

The likelihood of a cyber attack ranked No. 4 overall, behind severe income disparity (No. 1), chronic fiscal imbalances (No. 2), and rising greenhouse gas emissions (No. 3), and ahead of a water supply crisis (No. 5). What's more, WEF points out there's really no such thing as a secure system, and at best there are just ones which haven't had their vulnerabilities exposed.



Original story:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/w ... dont_exist

WEF Global Risks 2012 Seventh Edition:
http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2012/#=

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Post Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:33 pm

Re: WEF: Cyber Attacks are a Top Five Threat, Secure Systems Don't Exist

This is pretty alarming yet can be considered almost a victory in some ways. Technology is finally being recognized.
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Post Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:23 am

Re: WEF: Cyber Attacks are a Top Five Threat, Secure Systems Don't Exist

I like that they added the last part about no such thing as a secure system.  I am amazed that non-tech and even some tech folks believe that their systems will be impenetrable if they install the latest piece of secure hardware or newest most updated AV. 
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Post Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:28 am

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3xban wrote:I like that they added the last part about no such thing as a secure system.  I am amazed that non-tech and even some tech folks believe that their systems will be impenetrable if they install the latest piece of secure hardware or newest most updated AV. 


In all fairness, they could simply use a Mac ;)
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Post Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:09 am

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dynamik wrote:In all fairness, they could simply use a Mac ;)


Bwahahahahaha!!! <round two... fight>  :P
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Post Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:28 pm

Re: WEF: Cyber Attacks are a Top Five Threat, Secure Systems Don't Exist

Yes until the market shifts and Macs are the dominant platform.  Then we will see similar numbers in attacks.  No to mention Apple hates enterprises.  Oh you want a server?  oh here is a nice new Mac Mini, don't worry it could handle your enterprise email traffic, seriously it will.  Don't worry and we will be there to help you when you need it.  But only on the 2nd Tuesday of next week.  :p  believe me I love my MBPi7 but I could not see if being a viable enterprise platform.  What the big companies need to do is get the hell off Windows XP. 
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