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British MPs Warn of 'Fatal' Cyber Warfare Strategy 43

judgecorp writes "British Members of Parliament have warned that the UK's cyber warfare strategy is getting it wrong. According to a defense committee report, the country's IT security forces are inadequately prepared for a cyber attack, rely too heavily on inadequately protected systems, and do not sufficiently appreciate the difficulty of attributing the source of an attack."
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British MPs Warn of 'Fatal' Cyber Warfare Strategy

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @10:04AM (#42531331)

    A whole damn new system, built on IPv4 when it could have easily been done in IPv6.

    The people in charge of networking the government are either straight out of college or are 87 and almost for snuffing it.
    They have absolutely no clue.

    It is a shame as well because I have a friend who is actually brilliant with networking, completely jobless and literally got "stood up" on a job interview the other day by some computer repairs and refurbishment company.
    So many others who would have done a better job as well. Probably still jobless.

    Not only that, the NHS computing system is horribly broken in general as well.
    The inability for remote interviews to be done is pretty crippling too.
    I was just in for a check-up recently that was held up by 1.5 hours because most of the doctors weren't in that day because of illness.
    ONE doctor had to take up the majority of interviews, others cancelled for another time.
    Now just imagine if those doctors had access to their systems for remote interviews.
    They could have a nurse in if any examinations were required, to help with moving the camera or feel stomachs or whatever else.
    This is such an incredibly simple system to setup and would help greatly.
    But there was that poor guy having to probably rush check-ups and possibly even put people at risk.

    The government seriously need to rethink their computing systems from the absolutely lowest levels all the way up.
    It is horribly outdated, and a few additions to it could save millions in money, and even save lives.

    As a programmer, I would love to help, but given illness I'd likely not get the job anyway. (and worse, probably going to be accused of being lazy in the coming year with the new push for getting people in to jobs when my illness is activated by long periods of activity, including mental, hell, especially mental, programming is a pain in the ass, even if I have been doing it since 9!)
    Ah, lovely!

  • Standard response (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jbmartin6 ( 1232050 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @10:09AM (#42531377)
    The government's response to the report will be "We will do anything it takes to resolve these issues as long as it doesn't cost anything and our users do not have to change their behavior."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @10:15AM (#42531439)

    I'd have thought corporate espionage was more the main enemy in any sort of "cyber warfare" rather than terrorism.
    Though I'm sure the Chinese have already stolen everything they need from our primitive network.

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