By Justin M. Palk
June 09, 2009
A Defense Science Board report on military biolab safety issued last
month identified insider threat as the labs' biggest security problem.
The report's top recommendation was for a security review of computers
that control access to and of the environmental systems' computers for
the labs at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, at
The environmental systems' computers help ensure that airborne pathogens
cannot leave the labs.
Specifically, the report warned that someone could surreptitiously
connect those computers to a network, allowing an unauthorized person to
access them remotely.
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