In our connected world, we are increasingly online.
Thanks to the Internet, we can order goods, watch videos, chat with friends, control our thermostats and even answer the doorbell — all from the convenience of our laptop or smartphone.
Unfortunately, the same technologies that make our lives easier also can be misused. Cyberattacks pose a serious and growing risk to personal privacy, the economy and national security. These risks exploit system complexity and human foibles: an improperly set switch or an ill-advised double-click can lead to catastrophic consequences for individuals and businesses alike.
The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is working to combat these threats. We are not alone in these efforts, of course. I was on Capitol Hill last month for the release of a national cybersecurity agenda prepared by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. It highlights several of the risks facing business and government, and makes
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