The United States isn’t producing enough engineers and technicians to combat the growing threat to government and business computer networks, a panel of security experts said yesterday.
Of the 50 to 60 computer-security doctorates the United States produces annually, only 15 to 20 ultimately teach in this country, in part because of visa limitations on foreign students, Spafford said.
Terrorists, criminals, and foreign-government agents are gaining trade and national security secrets daily, lawmakers and the computer authorities said.
In particular, there are few people who are knowledgeable about computer vulnerabilities in water and power plants, said Joseph Weiss, managing partner of Applied Control Solutions LLC, in California.
“There are less than 100 people who truly know and understand control systems cyber security,” he said.
There are fewer than 100 people who really know what they’re talking about, but rest assured that we still know enough to know that we should be crapping out pants about cyberwar/terrorism/security and that, therefore, you should give us lots of money. – post by TransTracker
The Interwebs could become an early warning system for when the web of life is about to fray.
By trawling scientific list-serves, Chinese fish market websites, and local news sources, ecologists think they can use human beings as sensors by mining their communications.
The six billion people on Earth are changing the biosphere so quickly that traditional ecological methods can’t keep up. Humans, though, are acute observers of their environments and bodies, so scientists are combing through the text and numbers on the Internet in hopes of extracting otherwise unavailable or expensive information. It’s more crowd mining than crowd sourcing.
Much of the pioneering work in this type of Internet surveillance has come in the public health field, tracking disease.