These mission-critical IT infrastructures play a paramount role in protecting the digital assets of these organizations, and given their digital nature, they do not enjoy the privilege of being protected by physical boundaries such as discrete and defendable geographical borders.
That's the kind of stuff we worry about at Paramount Defenses; these advanced cyber security attack vectors, which often require deep technical expertise but can be automated by a single entity, such as a hostile foreign government, and one that can then be launched in a variety of ways to compromise an organization. What I’m referring to here is a Stuxnet like payload, crafted meticulously to take one or more organizations down. Such payloads, once written, can be disseminated and deployed in numerous ways, the simplest of them involving an organization’s own administrators downloading free IT tools/utilities.
Such advanced cyber security threats to organizations worldwide, not just in the U.S. are very real, and in our experience, we have found that most organizations are unprepared to secure and defend themselves from such attacks.
To make a long story short, this isn’t and shouldn’t be news to anyone, and shouldn’t require a formal threat assessment to realize – this is common sense, but I suppose, as they say, common sense isn’t that common.