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Former Advisor to the President on Cyber Security-Draws a True but Narrow Picture

I was going through Richard A. Clarke’s article on Cyber Security (Here) and I found this part true but I personally wished he didn’t keep it that narrow.

“One of the difficulties any executive has in such a circumstance is spotting the crucial decisions that he must make now on what are comparatively quiet issues, decisions that will have significant future consequences. If Obama reneges on his campaign pledge to create a White House Office on Cyber Security to lead US government efforts, one day he or some future President may wish he had done otherwise, as the noise from the White House’s back up electric generator fills the Oval Office and the President looks out on a city darkened by cyber attack.”

Why is every one thinking only about himself in terms of geographical boundaries…We live in a networked world and a cyberattack on Saudi’s Aramco or Russia’s oil pipelines to Europe will have to some extent the same catastrophic effect of the cyber attack on washington DC’s electricity grid mentioned in Clarke’s article…the actual scenario will be different but the consequences at least economically will be the same.

What happened to the oil prices in the 1973 October war is a clear example (See Graph Below)…today’s and tomorrow’s war will be in cyberspace and an attack on any of the gulf states, Russia’s gazprom or the LNG Downstream ports in Europe (South Hook is capable of meeting up to 20% of Britain’s natural gas needs) will effect the global oil and gas exports leading to serious economical problems.

Oil Prices Surge in 1973

Oil Prices Surge in 1973

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