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"Failure Isn't An Option, It's a Certainty"

One of the most repeated phrases in the war on terrorism is that we have to get it right 100% of the time, while the terrorists only have to get it right once.  As then National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice put it this way in testimony before the 9/11 Commission:"And let's remember that those charged with protecting us from attack have to be right 100 percent of the time. To inflict devastation on a massive scale, the terrorists only have to succeed once, and we know that they are trying every day."This is actually a rehash of a statement the Irish Republican Army made after a failed bombing attempt on the life of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  After the unsuccessful attack, the IRA left a taunting note saying "You have to be lucky all the time. We only have to be lucky once."That sentiment lives on today, especially when combating cyber threats.  The thinking goes that a failure to stop every cyberattack means that someone failed in their job, and that cannot be tolerated.We...

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