AT&T security chief details infrastructure protection plans

As chief security officer at AT&T, Edward Amoroso has long observed how cyberattacks impact customer and service-provider networks. In his newly published book, Amoroso says it's time to unite to create the equivalent of a national cyber-protection shield to guard against attacks on industry and government networks by terrorists, state-sponsored attackers and plain old thieves.

Some of his ideas are controversial and bound to incite debates about privacy and practice. For instance in his book, "Cyber Attacks: Protecting National Infrastructure," Amoroso suggests using large-scale and coordinated collection of network-traffic data as well as security information from end-user desktops to pinpoint botnet-compromised computers, identify suspicious anomalies and trace attack paths.

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