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In the wake of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Infrastructure Protection Center has issued an advisory notice that it "expects to see an upswing" in computer-related crime.
The two most likely forms of criminal computer activity the FBI expects to increase include patriotic "hacktivism," or computer hacking by both domestic and foreign fringe groups, and new viruses introduced into computer networks.
In addition, many pros predict more disgruntled present and former employees will be prompted by recent events to use computer virus bombs to get even with employers.
"A significant increase in cyber attacks is likely," agrees a separate study by the Gartner Group, a Stamford, CT-based consulting firm. "Enterprises must understand this threat and take action to limit their vulnerabilities."
Here is a list of things the Gartner Group says organizations can do to help protect their communications and information systems from cyber-terrorists: