The nation is experiencing and will continue to experience constant, serious, well-financed and organized cyber attacks, warns Pat Toth, information security specialist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

At the Safeguarding Health Information conference in Washington, Toth noted the attacks come from “people who really intend to compromise our federal information systems.” But it isn’t just federal systems at risk--high schools, private businesses and everyone else are at risk, she adds. “We need to protect information at every level. Ninety percent of the information infrastructure is owned outside the federal government.”

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