Scott Louis Weber, a former Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issues a warning:
If ever there was a time to not default to the norm — it’s now. The current state of the economy and the looming government transition creates a highly attractive atmosphere for terrorists. Our Achilles heel is exposed and waiting to be exploited. As such, corporations must continue to improve security programs, harden their assets and ensure appropriate funding to remain vigilant. This effort must include a comprehensive and ever-evolving strategy to detect, prevent and mitigate all hazards including improvised explosive devices, chemical and biological agents and cyber attacks. A cyber attack aimed at U.S. financial institutions would cause exponentially greater damage in our weakened economic state. Bottom line: corporate America must continue to invest in physical and cyber security to ensure the safety and well-being of employees, assets and customers.