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New Defences Required Against Potential Cyber War

Lumension Security : 17 January, 2011  (Technical Article)
OECD report on the potential widespread threat of cyber weaponry internationally requires a fresh Government sponsored approach to cyber security which can be applied to both the public and private sectors
An OECD study says that state-supported cyberwar will become more common alongside conventional attacks. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warns of the ability of inflict a global shock through a sustained cyber attack combining different elements such as distributed denial of service, malware and espionage.



Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension, commented:  “The threat of a malicious cyber attack is not a new concept. However, the materialisation of state-sponsored cyber attacks will raise the threat level in many Government and private organisations. The challenge is how they tighten their defences, in line with the raised threat level, whilst remaining nimble and productive.



“Organisations can’t just build military style security defences around their IT systems. Operations still need to be run and to do this, organisations will have to leave a few doors open for communication.



“The Government’s £650m cyber security programme needs to focus on how it can help both Government and private organisations align their cyber security controls with the newly recognised risk. The thinking needs to switch from allowing everything in until it is proved to be bad to preventing anything from coming in unless it is proved to be good. Malware and unwanted or unlicensed software needs to be prevented from executing on the computer network – ensuring that we can keep the bad guys out.”  


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