Tom Olzak

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But Congress hasn’t stuck its collective finger in it yet…

In Business Continuity, Cyber Espionage, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber-warfare, Cybercrime, Government on April 15, 2010 at 12:24

In a recent article, U S Cyber Command Nominee Discusses Policies, an army three-star general commented on cyber-war preparation.  While I agree with the military’s approach–what they will discuss, given the classified nature of their planning–I don’t believe Congress will be able to keep their hands out of this.  By the time our elected officials finish debating, filibustering, or holding hearings, our electricity, water supply, and financial institutions  will all have converted to Chinese as their official language…

And by the way, who taught the alleged soldier int the photo how to salute?  And what’s with the strap hanging down from his helmet?  Ok, Ok.  I know.  I was a sergeant way too long…  I’ll let it go.

Maybe we should use the threat of space aliens next

In Business Continuity, Cyber Terrorism, Risk Management on March 14, 2009 at 04:00

I read a shload of feeds every day, and the one thing I can always count on is reading some of the old tired assertions over, and over, and over…  Take, for example, the following:

Traditional security systems may be ineffective and become obsolete in warding off Web attacks launched by countries, according to Val Smith, founder of Attack Research. New attack trends include blog spam and SQL injections from Russia and China, Smith said during his talk at the Source Boston Security Showcase on Friday.

“Client-side attacks are where the paradigm is going,” Smith said. “Monolithic security systems no longer work.”

Hackers use Web browsers as exploitation tools to spread malware and collect sensitive information. Smith used examples from clients of his company, which analyzes and researches computer attacks, to demonstrate the threat posed by blog spam and SQL attacks.

Source: Foreign Web Attacks Change Security Paradigm, Fred O’Connor, CIO, 13 March 2009

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Cyber-terrorism: Private organizations have responsibilities, too

In Cyber Terrorism on March 5, 2009 at 12:56

Reports of corporate and government database breaches aren’t new.  Neither are reports of Chinese and Russian efforts to find ways of compromising the national infrastructure, and therefore the public’s economic and personal welfare.  Couple this with years of U.S. government fiddling with security instead of trying to actually fix it, and we find ourselves in a familiar place.  What isn’t always clear, however, is the failure of private organizations to properly protect their critical systems and information.

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