Cyber-attacks make headlines on a daily basis. The news media commands
attention by publicizing high profile cases – well-known companies,
enormous losses, and serious consequences. With all the focus on the big
guys, it’s easy to overlook the fact that no business demographic is immune
from cyber-attacks. In fact, recent reports estimate that small companies,
those with fewer than 500 employees, may be experiencing as many as half of
all targeted cyber-attacks. Half!
Who is attacking the small business and why?
The threat to the small business is the same as any business. The adversary
is after company information and customer data, and since small businesses
don’t have multi-million dollar security budgets they can be a much easier
The growing trend is for competitors to steal corporate information as an
easy way to level the playing field. Not on... (more)
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Last night Twitter.com was hacked by a group purportedly titled the Iranian
Cyber Army, at least that is what people think based on the fact that this
group advertised they were responsible by displaying a redirected web page
with an Iranian flag and text that takes credit, saying "This website has
been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army". This morning another website
(mawjcamp.org), which appears to be a Iranian Reformist website based outside
of Iran was also found to have been hacked.
This event comes at a time when the United States Government is saying that ... (more)
Last week, Anton Chuvakin from Gartner wrote a blog about what he is
calling an Intelligence Management Platform. He includes some thoughts by
Facebook on how they are building their own platform. He alludes to
non-public sources and I’m sure ThreatConnect™ is one, so rather than
keep you all in suspense, I thought this would be an opportune time for
ThreatConnect to say what we think a Threat Intelligence Platform is.
Rick Holland from Forrester said recently at a SANS conference that the
threat intelligence platform is like the quarterback of your operations. The
threat intel... (more)
I was part of a panel titled “Developing Security Strategies to
Successfully Combat Sophisticated Threats to your Network, while Protecting
Customer Privacy” at the TM Forum conference two weeks ago. Given the
topic, and the interesting conversation, I wanted to highlight some of the
ideas expressed around sophisticated threats.
Verizon’s Marc Spitler, and AT&T’s Brian Rexroad. Daniel O’Donnel from
Network Critical and Ajay Uggirala from NetScout, and Martin Huddleston from
United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) accompanied me on the panel.
In essence, cyber-attack is big... (more)
Bloomberg ran a Cyber Espionage piece called, “Hackers Linked To China’s
Army Seen from EU to D.C” on July 26 that featured information derived from
Cyber Squared’s Project Enlightenment. In response to the article,
Bloomberg TV’s “First Up” program hosted a live interview with me that
aired in Asia and Europe on Tuesday, July 31st. (Once the video is made
available, we’ll post it on Cyber2 TV.)
I thought the questions posed by the interviewer, Susan Li, were probably on
top of everyone’s mind, so I’ll replay a few highlights from the
What kind of scale is Cy... (more)