Archive for October, 2010

In Cybersecurity, It’s “Learn and Adapt”

posted by in Cybersecurity October 22, 2010

The US Army and Marine Corps’ official Counterinsurgency Field Manual opens with a quote that could easily serve as a motto for cybersecurity professionals: “This is a game of wits and will. You’ve got to be learning and adapting constantly to survive.”

General Peter J. Schoomaker was describing how to confront asymmetric military and political threats such as those posed by small, armed groups trying to overthrow governments or destabilize societies. But he might just as well have been framing the challenge of defending IT systems against cybersecurity threats such as those posed by Trojans, worms and viruses.

BSA member company Symantec last year identified 2,895,802 new malicious code signatures in its Global Internet Security Threat Report, a 71 percent increase from 2008. Think about that: nearly 2.9 million (more…)

How Will Hackers Fare in the Cloud?

posted by in Cloud Computing October 12, 2010

Bank SafeIf Willie Sutton had been a hacker, we know what he’d have thought about cloud computing.

Sutton, of course, was the 1930s bank robber famous for his quip that he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” And for hackers, the cloud might be just as tempting because it’s where a great deal of data is being concentrated.

But how much loot will modern-day Willie Suttons really be able to plunder from the cloud?

The short answer will probably turn out to be: Not much. That’s because greater data concentration makes it easier to build strong, high walls around more of it at once. Think Fort Knox. There’s a lot of gold in there — but Willie Sutton wouldn’t have stood a chance if he had tried to grab it.

An International Meeting of the Minds on IP Enforcement

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement October 7, 2010

Thirty-seven countries together representing more than half of world trade declared with one voice this week that “effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth across all industries and globally.”

They further noted:

“[T]he proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods as well as the proliferation of services that distribute infringing material, undermines legitimate trade and the sustainable development of the world economy, causes significant financial losses for right holders and for legitimate businesses, and in some cases, provides a source of revenue for organized crime and otherwise poses risks to the public.”

The State of Cybersecurity

posted by in Cybersecurity October 4, 2010

This October is the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. So it seems fitting to note, in the manner of a State of the Union Address, that the overall state of our cybersecurity is quite good: The threat level is most assuredly high, but industry and government have struck appropriately vigilant postures and are doing commendable jobs of mitigating it.