Federal Official Talks About Protecting Against Hackers

Date posted - March 31, 2016

computerNorthwest Iowa — The Assistant U-S Attorney General for national security issues says all Internet-connected computers are potentially vulnerable to outside attacks.

John Carlin shared with business leaders what the government sees as threats. And how companies can protect themselves.

Carlin says companies need to be thinking from the start about how they will manage innovations as they are developed. And he says law enforcement and intelligence agencies hope to be more public about what they’re seeing so companies understand both the risks and how to deal with them.

He says every day they were watching billions of dollars’ worth of information get snatched away from companies, and he wants business leaders to be more aware.

Carlin says where there’s an internet connection, there’s a risk of getting hacked. But forethought and advance planning can help.

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