Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It’s Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Busseri, Toni. "It’s Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously." Wired, March 12, 2012.

From the opinion: "The list is long, and growing: It seems that a week doesn’t go by that some major company or agency isn’t breached for fun or profit. WikiLeaks and Anonymous, once known only to a subset of cyber geeks, are now household names.

The Stratfor hack poured thousands of e-mails into the public domain. Anonymous listened in on an FBI conference call whose purpose was to — crack down on Anonymous. An attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network exposed personal details of 90,000 customers, and left them in the dark about what was going on for days.

In the past five years, the number of reported security breaches has grown from 5,503 in 2006 to 41,776 in 2010, federal auditors wrote in a Government Accountability Office report released Oct. 3, 2011 — an increase of 650%.

The costs paid to date from high-profile breaks such as the infamous RSA breach, VeriSign’s recent admission about 2010 hacks and countless others are nothing compared to what is coming in the not-too-distant future.

In other words: There’s no room for debate about the need for a paradigm shift in the way both business and government approach cybersecurity." Read more