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Military at risk through poor definition of cyber warfare

BitDefender UK : 14 January, 2013  (Technical Article)
BitDefender comments on military cyber risk in the UK and the need for better informed policy making based on the definitions of cyber warfare
Military at risk through poor definition of cyber warfare

Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at antivirus solutions provider Bitdefender comments on the recent claims that the UK government is putting the armed forces at risk by being complacent about military cyber attacks.

“The UK isn’t unusual in being too complacent about national cybersecurity; most governments unfortunately are. Even authoritarian regimes which take great interest in cyber activities, such as China, have a lot of trouble policing their own networks.”

“It’s often difficult to attribute a cyberattack to any one country or group - as a result sometimes it’s difficult for governments or official agencies to take action. The best course of action is to try and secure systems as much as possible - it’s not practical to bomb another country’s servers or infiltrate cybercriminal gangs abroad.”

“One of the most important considerations for the Ministry of Defence, which remains unaddressed, is the need to drive cybersecurity policy-making and to support the policy-makers in deciding what exactly constitutes cyber-peace and cyber-war. Beyond this, the maintenance and development of cybersecurity strategies and technologies should of course continue.”

“As most of these networks have been developed and interconnected long before the internet boom, attackers will focus on finding new vulnerabilities that were not taken into account at the moment of interconnection. It’s not something any government should be complacent about.”

“The UK should replicate the kinds of measures that countries such as Romania have instigated; a Special Communications Service, which deals with communications security for governmental and military entities, as well as an army directorate dealing specifically with matters of data security within the military.”

Alexandru Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender

Catalin Cosoi’s work sets the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures. Over the last 7 years, Catalin has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology and is able to offer expert comment on security topics relating to:

* outbreak detection
* proactive phishing detection
* mobile threats
* cloud computing

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