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CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

“There are two types of companies left in America; those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it.”  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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12 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: U.S. Veteran

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    Ed, the first problem is, oddly enough, the lack of insurance company involvement.

    Insurance companies are in the risk management business. Once insurance companies start analyzing information security, they can come up with risk profiles on their customers and charge appropriate premiums for INFOSEC-related casualties. When insurance premiums skyrocket for companies with seat-of-the-pants INFOSEC policies, you’ll start seeing best practices for INFOSEC getting applied consistently.

    A lot of companies right now figure that INFOSEC is a cost center and not a legitimate cost of business. So they set up websites on the fly, and they open holes in their security infrastructure “because proper security takes too long and this is just a temporary thing, it’ll be down before anyone finds it.”

    Posted by Ken Prescott

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Defense Industry Network

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    I’m sure big brother has hacked every known address out there !

    Posted by Paul Daly

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    I believe you….is there an “anecdote” yet for cyber-sec humans who turn into vampires?

    Posted by Lisa Kendall-Powers

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    “There are two types of companies left in America; those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it.”

    — Sad, but probably accurate enough. And WELL put…

    Posted by W. Scott Malone

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    “Unfortunately, in today’s world, we increasingly find ourselves having to make choices between the lesser of two evils. On one side, we have the Chinese and others who would suck our technological life’s blood dry or exploit our vulnerabilities to catastrophic effect in time of conflict. On the other, we have a large and bureaucratic United States Government with a record of encroaching on the freedom and privacy of its citizens.

    Personally, I’m willing to risk giving the U.S. government more flexibility in protecting us from foreign threats, with strong and transparent oversight by our elected representatives.”

    Ed, I wholeheartedly disagree. First the Patriot Act and now CISPA. We continually allow the government to encroach upon our freedoms until they are all gone. President Clinton gladly gave secrets to the Chinese when he wanted a second term as President and now the socialist (tending toward Communist) president is telling everyone that he will “veto” the bill feigning that he is interested in privacy. “Hogwash” CISPA should be killed now or we move yet closer toward being prisoners of the State.

    Haven’t we learned from world history that governments are not interested in protecting people? They are only interested in more power and more control. Hitler did it, Lenin did it and Mao did it. Its coming to America and we are all saluting the flag while we enslave our children in massive debt and an ever-increasingly oppressive government.

    God deliver us from ourselves!
    .
    Posted by John Rackliffe

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    Thanks Ed for sharing a thoughtful, balanced report on the issue. I agree that we can always vote out a badly behaving government, but only after it is too late. Considering all the bad behavior our elected officials have exhibited over the last ten years, re-election is not really enough of an incentive to deter bad acts. But to do nothing to stop the loss of our technological advantage just doesn’t make sense! I would rather take my chances with our government than with any foreign government.

    For those readers who feel that the Patriot Act and CISPA are too threatening, what do you propose as a solution? I find it is always easy to post a slanderous retort than to post a thoughtful counter-argument or alternative solution.

    Posted by John Laszakovits

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    Slander is a strong word sir. If I were to propose a solution, I would first have to understand the scope of the problem vis-a-vis the information that is slipping into the hands of foreign governments. The Patriot Act for example was voted into law in inresponse to the 9/11 attacks. However, the full report as to what actually happened and who knew what at the time the first plane hit the WTC has been the subject of much debate since that fateful day. Yet without a complete understanding of just how a group of third world terrorists were able to defeat the sophisticated defenses of the world’s superpower, we put into place an onerous set of laws that allows the government to spy on anyone for any reason under the guise of protecting us from an undefined enemy.

    Further defying logic yet in response to this terrorist threat we place an undue burden on the American traveling public and our economy by instantiating the TSA at our airports and now train stations and bus terminals, all the while leaving our borders wide open to any threat that may walk across while our own justice department and ATF trade guns with know drug cartels which are used to kill our own law enforcement officers.
    Perhaps this reader’s digest version of what I have been reading in the papers, listening to on the news for the past ten years is just conjecture on my part Jonathan, but is not known to me to be slanderous. I do think in my thrity five plus years of dealing with the federal government that I do understand a bit about how the government solves problems. Most is done with ill defined requirements and too much money that is contunuously being taken from the taxpayers pocket with little or no understanding of the long term consequences.
    Perhaps after all these years of this type of practice maybe our real enemy has figured away to exploit our frivolous spending to bring down our country from within. At the risk of sounding slanderous, I will suffice it to say that my first and fourth amendment rights aren’t what they were just twenty years ago and frankly I feel less safe than I did back then and not from foreign attack but from my own government.

    Posted by John Rackliffe

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: US Military Veterans Network

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    SIr, We agree with you 100% because it can truly become more than a threat and it is in time of war.

    Posted by Darnell Darnell Ellis

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Strategic Plans and Policy Experts

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    The problem isn’t information sharing. This is a symptom of the larger issue. The main problem is how poorly prepared the government is to actually assist and how rigid companies are to recognizing they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s time to completely re-think the appliccation of cyber security.

    Posted by Andrew Colarik

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community

    Discussion: CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    Said the vampire to the dinner guest: “Its not a sacrifice I want, but just a little taste…”

    Posted by George Abney

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