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Hyping the Hackorist Threat February 9, 2010

Posted by jonathanpenn in cyberwar/CIP, news.
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The cyber-espionage threat is certainly news these days thanks to Google,  but it is not new. It’s been going on for quite some time and it represents a significant risk to many companies, most of whom underestimate that risk. What concerns me about much of the commentary coming from the cybersecurity community is that it uses the Google incident as a springboard to pump up the cyber-war / cyber-terrorism rhetoric. Couldn’t we focus on cyber-espionage for just a minute before turning things over to the defense community?

Yes, we should pay attention to the potential cyber-terrorism threat. But we need to be careful that our attempts to proactively address a digital 9/11 don’t come at the expense of defending against corporate espionage. We have an excellent opportunity to start building that public-private partnership we all recognize as necessary to the critical infrastructure protection effort. Corporate espionage is a perfect area for public-private collaboration. We’ll have squandered that if we overly focus on the hackorist threat.

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