The focus of todays presentations could be summed up in the title of this post. We heard about the attacks in Georgia and did not know that there was a cyber attack that came from Russia at the same time mortars were being shot - a proverbial double whammy. The most interesting thing to me was that the folks who coordinated the cyber attack didn't have to recruit a bot army or drones. Russian people gladly volunteered their computing horsepower to fuel the cyber attack.
Another key point was made on how the perimeter is secure and porous and without easily defined and consumed policies - the threat vectors increase, not decrease. With the proliferation of social networking sites that distribute malware that is virtually undetectable by a lay person, the threat vectors have also been on the rise. Cyber crime has also become more profitable than drug trafficking.
Today's presentations reaffirmed my long held belief that the bad guys are far better at sharing information than the good guys and that needs to change. I am happy to play a miniscule role in getting the word out and to remind us all to maintain constant vigilence out there.
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