The economic crisis has Michael Hamilton worried about worst-case scenarios. One of those isn't losing his job. But as CISO for the City of Seattle, he has to worry about everybody who does lose their jobs.
Laid-off employees could have access to systems that control local utilities, water purification systems, transport systems, public safety systems—Seattle even runs its own municipal power, meaning that it has systems in place that control dams all the way into Eastern Washington.
"The top impact is always the loss of life—that's the worst thing that can happen," says Hamilton. Most data breaches (take this one, for instance) by comparison look merely like an annoyance.