Online Security: Private Sector Lags Behind Public (Jun 2001)

September, 2002


Everyone has seen the weekly headlines about Internet security breaches, attacks on websites, and information pilfering. Many companies discount the risk of such activities, assuming either that they are adequately protected, or that the attackers themselves simply lack any reason to target them. Neither assumption is a safe one, and the federal government may be ahead of the private sector in figuring this out.