One of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts warned an audience gathered at the annual Florida Center for Cybersecurity conference Tuesday that the onslaught of hacker attacks against the government, business and individuals is only going to accelerate in the coming years without some aggressive countermeasures. “It is not going to stop” warned Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of U.S. Cyber Command and past director of the National Security Agency, in keynote remarks at the University of South Florida. That was the theme in a wide range of breakout sessions held to explore the dangerously escalating pace of hacker intrusions. Alexander acknowledged no security is foolproof, but he urged attendees from business, technology firms, the military and students pursuing the new USF master’s degree in cybersecurity that strong security that can turn back 90 percent of hacker attempts can protect proprietary data and discourage further attacks. Major newspapers seem to be full of stories lately on the rising barrage of hacks. The Wall Street Journalreported in recent days that cyberwar will become a mainstream battlefield fought by more and more nations. Yet the newspaper’s parent, Dow Jones, found itself informing its customers that it, too, was recently hacked and as […]
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