Perry Pederson, the director of the Homeland Security Department’s Control Systems Security Program introduced Bruce Landis, the Deputy Asst. Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications, who is a former cryptologist and intelligence analyst– a former spook.
“I worked as a, for lack of a better word, a spy for most of my life…but I decided that I needed to move into a more active service.”
“I want you to consider consequences as well as risk. In a terrorist attack, as opposed to a natural disaster, your adversary is intelligent, and will always pick the point at which you are most vulnerable.”
Landis has been in the job about a month, and his boss less than six months. But he clearly understands the risks and vulnerability. He understands that the terrorist threat is real, increasing, and not likely to go away any time soon.
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