A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–
Cyber -vandalism is NOT a strong enough word and should NOT be used when discussing the corporate system attacks that were done to the SONY corporation or any corporate entity.
The President of the United States has used this term and it should not be accepted as the correct label for what happened.
Bringing down a corporate network, stealing 400,000 credit cards, or stagnating a regional power grid is NOT the equivalent to spray-painting your name on someone’s garage door. If we are to define the SONY cyber attack as a big problem, let’s identify the problem with the right label: corporate cyber-sabotage.
As I said in an earlier column about the impact of this type of electronic attack, “This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.”
WASHINGTON BETTER WAKE UP
When you look at cyber-based threats and the impact they can have, many in Washington have no clue. Why? Because computers were not their strong suit in school or at the jobs most of them came out of. Most legislators are lawyers and most lawyers are not that computer-literate. The world of computers, networks, and mission critical applications are not the first topics of discussions at Washington cocktail parties. So the reality of having the right defenses in place for cyber-crimes and cyber-sabotage has yet to be fully defined, let alone achieved.
As I pointed out in an earlier column:
Many organizations are still in a primitive mode when it comes to backing-up mission-critical applications. With mission-critical applications in organizations growing from “one out of three” to “one out of two” in many areas, the need to take a broader and more strategic view on the Three Rs (Reliability, Redundancy and Resiliency) of the enterprise is critical.
(See my article on Enterprise Assessment Framework – http://jamescarlini.sys-con.com/node/3263041 )
The type of attack which happened at SONY should be a solid warning for all that cyber-corporate espionage is a real issue to deal with and that corporate cyber-espionage can bring down just about any organization.
EMP IS ALSO ANOTHER MAJOR THREAT
Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs have been a potential threat since the Cold War. The difference today is that more rogue nations, like North Korea, could have a bomb like this in its inventory.
EMP bombs do not have to have a sophisticated delivery system like a multi-stage Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile system. They can be brought across the ocean in a freighter and just exploded 50-100 miles above land and any electronics underneath their “umbrella” coverage become fried and non-functional.
That would put us back into the 15th century. Imagine no cars, no electronics, no TV, no phones, and no social media. Technology would be dialed back to Christopher Columbus’ day.
Economic chaos would ensue and crowds of people would be protesting the lack of everything electronic.
Corporate cyber-sabotage and EMP bombs are real threats. We need to make sure we are prepared for any type of attack like this and that means the government better be establishing new rules, policies, and procedures to protect us.
CARLINI-ISM: Corporate cyber-sabotage is real and CEOs as well as Congressional lawmakers better understand its ability to stop an enterprise (or government) in its tracks if real safeguards are not put in place.
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