The physical breach of the Capitol building opens a cybersecurity Pandora’s box

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, which saw rioters storm the building and reportedly steal devices belonging to government officials, opened what one cybersecurity expert has called a Pandora’s box of national security and data privacy issues.

Multiple sources pointed to the need to treat the incident as a breach of IT assets, regardless of whether evidence shows any malicious activity: devices will need to be swept, technical surveillance countermeasures will have to be put in place to ensure there are no eavesdropping devices, and network traffic must be monitored long term.

“When you lose physical control of a space, you have to assume everything is compromised,” said Bryson Bort, founder and CEO at SCYTHE. “Everything should be rebuilt from the ground up.”

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