01 Dec '12, 10am

#MURPHY'S LAW: How Good Politics Makes Bad Network Security

December 1, 2012: The U.S. Navy and Air Force have created an automated supply system (ALIS, Autonomic Logistics Information System) for their new fleet of F-35 warplanes. This extensive use of computers and networks has already proven vulnerable to hacker attacks (during tests of such vulnerabilities) and the situation is worse than that because the aircraft manufacturer, in order to obtain maximum political support for the F-35, selected suppliers with an eye towards where they were, in addition to what they could do. The object of this (a common practice) was to have suppliers in as many of the 435 Congressional districts as possible, especially those held by a politician providing crucial support in keeping the F-35 project funded. This means that there are more suppliers than are actually needed and that security in any networked supply system is only as strong as tha...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/2012120...

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