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Let’s Talk Cyber Security

by Ward Carroll on November 5, 2008

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We did this a while back pretty successfully and so I thought it was high time to do it again (and hopefully more frequently)…

As you might remember, we had DoD Buzz editor Colin Clark do a live Q&A session with DT readers back in July. Well, we’re doing it again — this time with our Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security expert and contributor Kevin Coleman.

As you’ve read, Kevin’s one tapped in dude when it comes to cyber threats and the techniques to meet and defeat them. Cyber warfare is becoming more and more of an issue in national security circles, competing with loose nukes as a top threat to U.S. security for key Obama defense advisor Richard Danzig.

Kevin teases his discussion with this:

Cyber attacks and cyber warfare are hot issues in both the public and private sectors.

Earlier this year, President George W. Bush signed multiple (2 or 3) classified Presidential Directives addressing cyber security and warfare. The price tag on the directives was first reported at $6.6 billion (January). In March the estimate grew to $18 billion. Reported last in May the pricetag had mushroomed to $30 billion.

A Congressional study has estimated the cost of cyber attacks on businesses now exceeds $225 billion annually. Given all the bailout money being handed out, many businesses believe the Federal Government should absorb the cost of defending our businesses against cyber attacks.

Now some of you think Kevin is off the mark on his cyber security assessments and some of you cheer his foresight in sounding the alarm. So, here’s your chance to talk to the man himself.

Tune in tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2008, at 1500 EST on this site to participate in a live Q&A with Kevin Coleman.

See you then…

– Christian

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Ethan November 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Sirs:
My limited knowledge of cyber security needs an update. Are there any resources available that can provide a thorough knowledge of tactics and technologies of this new threat?
From my first incursions the bot attacks seem to be the brunt force attack, whereby “innocent” computers are hijacked to provide bandwith to bombard secure systems.
The obvious most effective incursion involves a first person acccess to secure systems combined with a piece of hardware capable of imaging whatever the computer accesses.
Is there any way to permanently safeguard an IP address, and go house to house and clean up the system piecemeal.
Thanks for helping a newbie.
Ethan

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