Software Poses Security Threat

Commercial software creates threat to government agencies, according to Cyber Defense Agency

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

May 17, 2006

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WASHINGTON -- Cyber Defense Agency, an information security consulting and research company specializing in services for the U.S. government and critical infrastructure sectors, today announced that widespread use of outsourced commercial software by the U.S. Military, government security agencies and critical infrastructures that provide gas, electricity, telecommunications, banking, water, etc., could fall victim to cyber terrorism caused by life cycle attacks buried deep within the millions of lines of software .

Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense commissioned an evaluation for top security experts to report and analyze the threats of foreign influence on the government and military’s use of commercial software. Software built by less expensive overseas labor is exposed to several threats such as the insertion of malicious code (time bombs, for example) by adversarial foreign interests or transnational criminal and terrorist groups who could then later exploit these pieces of inserted code in a strategic attack against the United States.

“Outsourced commercial software used by the military and critical infrastructures poses a silent, but significant security risk to the defense and welfare of the United States,” remarked Sami Saydjari, CEO and president of Cyber Defense Agency. “The chances of strategic damage from a cyber-terrorist attack on the United States increases the longer it takes the US military and critical infrastructures to remedy the risks posed with using outsourced software.”

Cyber Defense Agency (CDA)

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