Link: You Don't Need a Cyber Attack to Take Down The North American Power Grid
The problem with this type of presentation is that you don’t need cyberwarfare to do take down the electricity to New York City and get away with it. All you need is some household tools, imagination, and some knowledge of what the network looks like (gained by an effort at mapping the connections). Since 99.9999% of the recruits available to most violent groups don’t have cyber skills and the impact of a cyber attack and a physical attack are the same, which method do you think will be used? The facts back this up. 99.99% of the intentional system disruption events that have occurred over the last decade have been caused through physical attack and not by cyber attack.
So, in other words, the tens billions we are going to spend on cybersecurity is mostly a waste of time/money. It’s not only a waste of money, it’s yet another example of how the US national security system is not producing real, tangible security for the people it expects to pay for it. The real solution to network vulnerability? Decentralized production. The tech is available. If the billions spent on cyber were spent on growing local production by building resilient communities, it wouldn’t only make us safer it would likely ignite an economic Renaissance.
Local. Local. Local.