RSA cyber hack exposes a federal Achilles heel

Wednesday - 3/23/2011, 12:08pm EDT

Gene Spafford, Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, Purdue University

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By now you've heard the rare public acknowledgement by EMC Corp. The security company's RSA Security Division was hacked. No word on the scope of the attack but EMC is one of the world's biggest makers of data storage computers and a leading provider of government cybersecurity, including DoD and DHS. We talked about the break-in with Gene Spafford, the Executive Director of Purdue University's CERIAS - which stands for the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. He tells Federal News Radio that, typically, it's impossible to tell how long a breach has been going on.