Cyber Pearl Harbor

Capitol Hill Rhetoric Takes Aim at Wrong Cybersecurity Targets

Defense secretary Leon Panetta couldn’t resist, could he? He couldn’t fight the urge to dig deep into the information security cliché handbook and yank out that old chestnut about a Cyber Pearl Harbor.Seriously, is there a more cringe-inducing, FUD-filled phrase than Cyber Pearl Harbor? Never mind that it’s offensive to the families of those who fell on that date, but it raises the questions of whether the leader of the United States Department of Defense is so disengaged from reality that he decides that’s the best crutch to lean on? Or does he just need a new speech writer?

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