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missleCyberweapons Are Here – Offensive Strikes From The US?

Does anyone remember S3? A small company out of Florida, about 15 years ago, called on me while I was running security for Dimension Data, North America. Their product offered a way to counterattack anyone who came at them with a cyberattack…The product never took off, simply because our laws don’t allow companies to launch counterattacks.  Yesterday’s WSJ offers some new perspective on where the US Government is  headed with this.

“The U.S. military has spent five years developing advanced cyberweapon and digital capabilities and is likely to deploy them more publicly soon, the head of the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday.” – WSJcompliancy group

Some important sound bites on this subject…WSJ

  • “Adm. Rogers (the current NSA Director ) suggested many Americans have become complacent, since they don’t see the rise of cyber armies and cybercriminals affecting their daily lives.” – An understatement from the WSJ!
  • The wakeup call is coming… “Analysts have said these sorts of acts could include attacking a country’s electrical grid or knocking a nation’s financial system offline.”
  • Rogers… “I would argue it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”- Really, do you really see this getting better any time soon?

Read the article if you have access….

Some of the attacks we’ve seen over the past year – OPM, Sony, and others,… they seem to be coming from China, Korea, and other Nation States looking to sift us of our Intellectual capital or create disruptions, as in the case of Sony, we are in fact at war.

© 2016, David Stelzl

PS. Join me on Feb 12th at SecureWorld…I’ll be speaking at 8:30AM – Charlotte NC.

 

 

Snow in ChicagoWell in Denver earlier this week I was out and about with just a suite jacket…it was close to 60 degrees during the day.  That was the first half of my week.  On to Chicago, and it’s definitely winter (as you can see from my snowy car picture).

Today I’ll be working with a company on their security business strategy – their go-to-market plan to grow security sales in 2013.  Hopefully you have one of these…if not, it’s not too late.  But don’t go into February without one.

This morning’s Wall Street Journal answers the question on how relevant this business direction is: “Security is moving from a functional IT area, often below the paygrade of CIOs, to strategic importance at the highest levels of corporations.  IT security’s rise from being a functional area to a board level concern is maybe the fastest I’ve ever seen,”  say’s Thomas Sanzone, senior vice president of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc…so is this a smart direction?  Yes!

I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Bob Bragdon of CSO magazine earlier this week (in Denver), and he shared with us that only about half of Fortune 2000 executives belief they are well equipped in their security strategy. He then showed us a study CSO conducted, showing that really, only about 8% of them actually have something in place – the rest are in big trouble.  In an article I referenced last week, Wall Street reported on security, quoting  cybersecurity experts who believe that every major company in the US has been infiltrated by hackers – the new wave of threats, according to Bragdon, is more focused on stealing intellectual capital than credit card fraud.  Other countries are slowly shifting us of our innovation and intellectual capital.  There is no one single incident big enough to lead us into a war, but if we don’t do something soon, we’ll find ourselves completely exposed and crushed in a market of copycats and cheap overseas products.  This is not good.  (Worse, they are in our DoD systems!)

In a recent meeting with the former CIO of a large Florida university system, who also served in the military working with intelligence, I was told  that, “Our country is behind in the area of cyberwarfare.”  Other countries are attacking – note the recent attacks on major banks in this country, yet we are unable to prove who is responsible.  “It’s no longer a 2-dimensional war” he said, “That’s all our military leadership really understands…”

So is security still relevant?  It’s probably more relevant today than it was 10 years ago when organized crime began raiding databases to steal credit card information.

© 2013, David Stelzl