This week in security was dominated by some stark warnings from security experts about the cyber security readiness of governments including the UK's, and the likelihood of imminent attacks.
The director of GCHQ, Iain Lobban, warned during a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies that the UK is facing the very real threat of a cyber terrorist attack on its critical infrastructure.
Meanwhile, at the RSA Conference Europe event in London, former White House advisor Richard Clarke called on the UK, US and European Union to crack down on "cyber sanctuaries", nation states which allow hackers to carry out attacks from within their borders as long as they are directed outside the country.
Also at the show, former US secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff argued that a clear doctrine is needed from individual countries and through international treaties to determine how to deal with cyber fraud, espionage or outright attacks on systems.
The House of Lords held a two-hour debate on how the UK can best protect itself against cyber attacks, raising a number of concerns about the UK's cyber security defence strategy, and warning that greater knowledge of the sphere and more clear-cut lines of responsibility are needed.
There was some good news, though, after the government announced plans to step up investment in its national cyber security strategy with a major round of new funding in an effort to bolster the protection of critical national infrastructures, according to reports.
Elsewhere, Adobe's head of product security, Brad Arkin, revealed that the next version of Reader will be out before the end of the year, offering new security features designed to defend against recent attacks on the software.
And BT's outspoken chief security technology officer, Bruce Schneier, accused the chief executives of big name tech companies such as Google and Facebook of "deliberately killing privacy" in their quest to boost profits.
Schneier branded Facebook the "worst offender", alleging that the site deliberately eroded privacy in order to successfully pursue its business model.
Finally, it was security giant McAfee's annual Focus event in Las Vegas this week, the first since its acquisition by Intel.
Chief executive Dave DeWalt outlined an initiative for what the company calls 'McAfee 3.0', designed to match McAfee's security platforms with hardware from Intel to provide deeper levels of security.
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