RSA boss predicts "catastrophic" cyber attack

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L33tdawg: Edward Schwartz, Chief Information Security Officer at RSA will be delivering the keynote at next year's HITB Security Conference in Amsterdam

A large-scale attack on critical infrastructure will soon become a reality, according to RSA chief executive Art Coviello.

The security boss said that poor government security protections combined with increasingly sophisticated attack techniques has left critical infrastructure at risk for attacks which could cause widespread damage.

"I abhor the phrase “Cyber Pearl Harbor” because I think it is a poor metaphor to describe the state I believe we are in," Coviello said in his 2013 security predictions. "However, I genuinely believe we are only a whisker away from some form of lesser catastrophic event that could do damage to the world economy or critical infrastructure."