The federal government is saying a hack of government computer systems is one of the largest breaches ever. In fact, millions of former and current federal employees private information may have been exposed.
WAFF spoke with the president and CEO of Aleta Technologies, a company in Madison that specializes in cyber security. Jay Kurowsky described these breaches as modern day warfare, that's hard to stop.
In the age of computers, the internet, and networks, war has taken on a new face.The difficulty in this modern day warfare is that your enemy has limitless avenues to attack.
"It's very difficult because the hackers need one way in, and we have to protect every way," says Kurowsky.
He says that unfortunately a cyber attacks is a war that you can't stop fighting.
"A challenge that's based on an internet that wasn't designed to be secure, so it's just very difficult."
Another issue is there's just not enough people skilled in protecting networks. It's a new field, and universities and companies, as seen in the latest data breach, are playing catch up.
"Also we need better education for the people that are involved so not just the technical people that have the jobs to protect, but also to every user of a computer to make sure they're not a weak link in a chain."
Kurowsky says it's a cat and mouse game where the fight is stay one step ahead of the enemy.