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This week, Betsy Hight, vice president of HP U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity Practice, spoke about the problem with Advanced Persistent Threats and the evolution of information technology.

“The Advanced Persistent Threat has been a problem for a lot longer than widely recognized,” she said. “What makes Operation Aurora unique is that the perpetrators targeted a system which millions of people use in cyberspace everyday; it was not confined to a government system. In other words, it is something that could have impacted all of us personally. The attack resulted in raising the awareness of why we should all be aware of how this particular domain works and the threat that lurks there. In my mind, cyberspace is a lot like airspace. You can either have chaos in the air with airplanes going anywhere the pilot wants or you can have organized “˜rules of the road' that allow those airplanes to take off and land safely at their destination. Cyberspace is very similar in that there needs to be recognized “˜rules of the road' established so that people can use it without fear that someone or something will intrude upon them.”

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Written by Neel Mehta

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