Thursday AM July 30th, 2009

An expert speaks about the economic importance of cyber security at a World Affairs Council reception tonight. Ed Mayberry reports.


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Retired Lieutenant General Harry Raduege served as co-chairman for the Center for Strategic and International Study Commission on Cyber security for the 44th presidency, preparing a report last December for then-future President Obama.

“We also need to have those discussions with other nations. Just as we have discussed for centuries the other four domains that we operate in—that being land and sea, air and space—we now have this fifth domain that man has created called cyberspace. There’s massive loss of intellectual property and sensitive information that is being conducted each year.”

General Raduege says with businesses more dependent on information networks, cyber security is more important than ever because there are no boundaries in cyberspace. He says businesses need to take a comprehensive approach to succeeding in the cyber world, paying attention to security and privacy features and information management.

“You can’t forget the human capital aspects of this. You know, we need to develop people who have a cyber mindset. You have to accept the fact that somebody’s going to be in your networks. You can’t build a wall high enough or a moat thick enough to keep people out of networks, so you really have to develop a way of managing the risk.”

General Raduege says it’s estimated that $1 trillion of data is stolen each year worldwide. Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio.

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