Computer warfare has serious consequences, and organizations must be prepared to thwart attacks. Moment Editorial / Images
While the spectacle of the United States 'disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan sickens most Americans, the idea that the United States is involved in another potential war has attracted the attention of many as President Biden shared a warning regarding cyber attacks leading to a " real "shooting war in a recent speech at the office of the Director of National Intelligence. The remarks illustrate the significance of ongoing cyber attacks that have been specifically linked to sources from China, Russia, Iran and groups associated with ISIS. The remarks further highlight that threats to the country and infrastructure are increasing exponentially and the nation now views a tangible military response to a cyberattack as a potential and appropriate course of action. Organizations are now placed at the forefront of this international confrontation, and it is up to the organizations themselves to prepare not only to protect themselves, but also to show themselves with a patriotic mentality of protection for the good of the nation.
Along the Modern Battle Trail
In the past few months alone, the impact of targeted cyber attacksresulted in critical punches for the nation. SolarWinds, meat processing giant JBS, and the software platform known as Kaseya are examples of companies that have faced attacks that have compromised and crippled critical services such as fuel and food in parts of the United States. The colonial pipeline hack shut down the east coast for about a week, while the JBS meat-packing plant hack shut down a key ingredient in our supply foo. These attacks could have been simply disastrous if they had lasted longer or had been more widespread in the United States. The threat of cyber attacks has been an imminent presence in IT for longer than most people would like to admit. What many have failed to realize, however, is that despite significant efforts to secure and protect theirs organizations, this cyber battlefield has accelerated on several technical fronts. What has happened in the past few months shouldn't shock anyone, as many experts have warned about this for years. Many factors have led us to this point, including:
● Poor architectures
● Poor knowledge of risks
● Old computer systems
● Security faults
● Software supply chain vulnerabilities
● Cheaper and more available cyberattack methods
● State sponsorship of cybercrime
The list goes on. And as the world sheltered during the COVID-19 crisis a year ago, the criminal cyber conspiracy reached a whole new level. For years, cybercriminalsThey have stepped up their efforts against hospitals, city governments, law enforcement and beyond, but ransomware is in the news every day and the stakes are higher than ever. Even the amount of the ransom shows how devastating these attacks can be. Just ten years ago, ransomware claims were worth a few hundred dollars and the kind of scourge that affected individual users, not organizations or entire countries. Attacks on critical services have now reached another level with reported ransoms of nearly $ 70 million.
Modern warfare is cyber warfare
The situation is tantamount to a prelude to war, and it is hard to imagine a true "gun war" without a cyberattack that precedes or accompanies it. Just as the armed forces have several branches such as an air force and a navy, so the operationsons yber are now part of the mix of any war. We have witnessed deliberate proof of concept operations in these recent attacks on our infrastructure, and it could be an alpha wave of what is to come.
What we are up against are well organized criminals with ties to foreign intelligence agencies, with enormous power, time and in-depth technical knowledge. The scenario of cyber attacks escalating into full-blown war is very likely, as cyber weapons are now viable tools of warfare that cripple a country's power supply, grid, and food supply without a single one. bullet is fired. Lives and livelihoods are the potential victims of future cyber attacks. Would a sustained attack on the IRS or a complete breakdown of the banking system or a stock market shutdown be enough to trigger a guconventional or even nuclear wandering? Where is the dividing line drawn and where does the leap occur?
These are questions we should probably all agree on because of the ramifications of loss that accompany these decisions. As a community, we must maintain extreme diligence (and even some paranoia) in what we protect and value. At this point in history, we must defend our patriotic duty and protect our own environments as individuals and within our organizations.
Packets Can Cause Bullets
None of us want to be the weak link in our efforts to crack down on rampant and vicious cybercrime. These types of cyber threats have always existed and always will be. It is up to the organizations themselves to take responsibility for their actions, targeted spending and building wise operations. It is more essenMore important than ever to easily identify threats, secure resources wherever they may exist, protect data as it is delivered to partners and customers, be ready to recover safely in the event of a disaster. problem and ensure that operations remain intact regardless of the challenge. . Let's do our part, because a cyber war can turn into a shooting war, and a shooting war hardly ever ends well.