Thursday, 5 March 2015

Not understanding threats

The BBC reckons that:

US intelligence agencies have placed cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals at the top of their list of threats to the country.

How is this list ordered?  The most likely things to happen?  The things that are most dangerous if they do happen?  The threats most easily or effectively mitigated? Some metric that includes some or all of these? Something else?

Not important.  The news appears to be that there’s some sort of official list of threats and that cyber attacks have moved right to the top of that list from… wherever they were before. It’s especially odd since the person apparently announcing this increasing threat said he “no longer believed the US faced cyber Armageddon".

We’re really bad at understanding threats and shallow reporting like this doesn’t help.

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