Last week President Obama issued another executive order regarding
cyber security.  He followed up in his
State of the Union speech by talking about foreign actors trying to sabotage
our critical national infrastructure and private companies.   The use of executive orders is a hot topic I
don’t intend to debate in this column, but it is not disputed that foreign
hackers are trying their best to probe our cyber defenses for weaknesses to
exploit later, perhaps as the first attack in a war.  Others are trying to weaken our economy and
our infrastructure.  Perhaps, it could be
presumed that they are preparing the battlefield, the digital battlefield for
an assault. 

Today it has been revealed that a specific army unit in China, P.L.A. Unit 61398, is
responsible for these attacks on government, utilities and commerce.  Some attacks and exploits are targeted at
specific firms.  Others are broad based
to find vulnerable systems so they can be used in furthering current and future
exploits that can harm this country, our economy and your business.  It is imperative that we take prudent steps
to secure our IT systems and encourage our friends to do the same.

Here are a couple of related story links:

York Times – Business Day Technology

Street Journal – CIO Journal