Guest Blog: Robert Mayer USTelecom’s Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity & Innovation There can be no clearer evidence of the need for industry and government to work together on cybersecurity than the recent SolarWinds attack on our nation’s digital infrastructure. In the analog realm, an attack of this type would be a call to arms […]
As Commander-In-Chief, the President is the ultimate strategic player in defending the country. Merriam-Webster defines warfare as military operations between enemies, also:an activity undertaken by a political unit (such as a nation) to weaken or destroy another
As cyber-attacks, including from nation states, are accelerating and the lines delineating criminal activity from nation state activity grow increasingly blurry. As a result, greater engagement from the military is now called for
For the past two weeks we have been documenting the enormous costs, and total lack of effective action to address cyber-crime. Without repeating the staggering statistics, the evidence shows demonstrably that cyber criminals are getting filthy rich, their businesses expanding and innovating and there is virtually no chance that virtually any of the criminals are going to be held responsible.
International jurisdictional disputes often keep law enforcement from effectively operating. What may be legal in one country may not be legal in the U.S. and may be treated differently in a third country. In these instances where cybercriminals are at large internationally, countries require extradition agreements. The U.S. has many of these such agreements, but currently does not have them with China or Russia.
The lead story in today’s New York Times on the investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol reports that yesterday’s Senate hearing “also showed that the overlapping jurisdiction of the Capitol Police, District of Columbia government and other agencies created utter confusion that hindered attempts to stop the assault.”
CrowdStrike just posted their latest research on cybercrime and found that intrusions threatening organizations’ cybersecurity across the globe grew – not 25 percent – but 400 percent in 2019 and 2020 combined. Nearly four out of five of those compromises in 2020 stemmed from cybercriminals, and attacks are unlikely to let up in 2021.
We are all in this together” has become one of the major narratives of the COVID era. The notion is that the virus can attack anyone of us – we are all essentially targets — and by protecting ourselves we are also protecting our friends and neighbors.
The classic TV Drama Dragnet was famous for Lieutenant Joe Friday’s straight forward instruction to witnesses “Just the facts Ma’am. So, let’s look at the facts with respect to cybercrime. The World Health Organization (WEF) currently estimates cybercrime as having revenues over $2 Trillion dollars a year.
The old model simply doesn’t work. All this analysis is not to impugn the policy makers who created, or more precisely attempted to adapt it, to the cyber environment. Faced with the quickening apparent threat from cyber-attacks policy makers naturally went to their ‘go-to” option using the independent agency model designed to address the hot technology of the 19th century – railroads. It was pretty much all they had.