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Computer network experts test security at conference




Computer network experts test security at conference
Computer network experts test security at conference



http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20090915/NEWS01/909150313 

By John S. Adams
Tribune Capitol Bureau
September 15, 2009

HELENA - Brad Smith, director of the Helena-based Computer Institute of 
the Rockies, says there's a global war going on every day, though most 
of us are completely unaware of it.

That's because it doesn't involve bullets or bombs or even uniformed 
armies. But combatants from all corners of the globe are constantly on 
the attack - a cyber attack that is - on the information systems of our 
governments, military, corporations and private individuals.

"Computer security gets a D-minus in America," Smith said. "We really 
don't get security in this country."

This week, dozens of computer network experts from across the country 
representing a diverse array of interests, including the Montana 
National Guard, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Federal Reserve and 
the state Department of Labor and Industry to name a few, are taking 
part in the Computer Institute of the Rockies' annual Cyber Information 
Security conference.

"Most people are so nave about the level of danger on their networks," 
Smith said. "That's why we bring them here and teach them how to do the 
attacks so they can learn to protect their networks from those attacks."

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