Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hardware Security

A recent article in "Foreign Affairs" magazine titled "Securing the Information Highway" (co-authored by General Clarke and Peter Levin) caught my attention. Interesting stuff. Focuses on hardware security.

Their basic thesis is that there is just no way possible to stop the threat of "electronic infiltration, data theft, and hardware sabotage" and that securing the nation infrastructure is "neither cost effective or technically feasible".

They suggest:

1) Risk Management : "US must develop an integrated strategy that addresses ... the sprawling communications network to the individual chips inside computers"
2) Diversification of the country's digital infrastructure
3) Secure the hardware supply chain

Worthwhile read.

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