It’s war against the cyber arms race

Posted On 30 Nov 2013
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Cyber attacks are a low-cost, high efficiency way of carrying out a cyber war. Each region has its own characteristics and types of cyber threats. FireEye, the developer of virtual machine-based security platform against cyber attacks, has release of a report titled, ‘World War C: understanding nation-state motives behind today’s advanced cyber attacks.’ Kenneth Geers, senior global threat analyst, FireEye, says that cyber weapons are being used in real-world conflicts” The world is at cyber war with attacks in every direction and location. Cyber shots are fired in peacetime for immediate geopolitical ends, as well as to prepare for possible future attacks. Since attacks are localized and idiosyncratic, understanding the geopolitics of each region can aid in cyber defence.” ” The biggest challenge is to correctly identifying the perpetrator. Ballistic missiles come with return addresses,” says Prof. John Arquilla of the Naval Postgraduate School.” But computer viruses, worms, and denial of service attacks often emanate from behind a veil of anonymity. The best chance to pierce this veil comes with the skillful blending of forensic ‘back hacking’ techniques with deep knowledge of others’ strategic cultures and their geopolitical aims.” The key characteristics for some of the regions include: ‘

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.