Friday, July 31, 2009

Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

~~ Cyber Wars are now a daily fact. Every single gov't , biz , org., or person must be continually on guard for cyber attack. We tend to forget how much of our national security , industrial base and electrical/energy grid, is all very venerable to gifted hackers of ill intent.
Cyber Security is among the foremost issues of our times. Good Jobs there for gifted computer geeks for millennium to come!
If I was in high school or college and looking for a good economically safe career,
Cyber Security Network Admin seems a good bet. ~~~~

Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012
Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:53pm BST
By Avril Ormsby

LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Home Office officials said on Tuesday.

Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets.

Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said.

The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.

"There's no current evidence of a terrorist threat to 2012," one of the Home Office officials said.

"But if you look at precedents for sporting events, and to some degree about Olympic events, it would not be beyond the point of imagination to imagine a terrorist threat to 2012 nearer the time."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Database for Everything

I think this a good , even great thing. OK , as pointed out below it may create a sea of data so large it will be hard to navigate,, but as also pointed out , there are tech firms already looking to solve that issue-- which is a little economic boost right there. ~~ technopolitical

A Database For Everything
By Erika Lovley |

6/24/09 @ 5:06 AM EST

The government has answers. Lots of answers. Wondering which airline is the most stingy with passenger snacks? No problem. Want to know how many people were injured by vending machines last year? Got that, too.

Agencies and departments already boast countless registries and databases of seemingly bizarre, seemingly useless information, but lawmakers continue to call by the day for the creation of new databases.

Since January, Congress has introduced bills that call for the creation of nearly 40 new databases and registries, by POLITICO’s count.