Hacktivism and commonplace security attacks are on the increase. What does this mean?
Published: January 28, 2013
I was changing the channels this weekend and landed on the local news. Before moving on, I happened to catch two “local” stories:
Website defacement and DDOS attacks are nothing new but they have grown in numbers and sophistication over the past few years. In fact, hacktivism may represent a more pervasive type of threat than cyber crime or state sponsored cyber espionage. If someone doesn’t like you or your organization, or your firm is engaged in some unpopular activity, then you are more likely to suffer a cyber attack than ever. This situation will only get worse as hacking meets globalization.
For the most part, information security professionals understand this threat. In a recent ESG Research survey, 46% of security professionals claimed that political hacktivists posed the greatest cybersecurity threat to their organizations—more than organized crime, cyber espionage, or foreign governments.
Like it or not, hacktivism is a new form of political protest that could come from anyone or anywhere in the world. As a result of this reality:
The local news here in Boston is paying more attention to cybersecurity. Hopefully, more information security professionals understand the ramifications here—pedestrian cybersecurity news probably means an increase in cybersecurity activity. As for the folks in Washington, they still don’t get it.
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