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With all the excellent training available on television today we are all well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse
By: Kevin Jackson
Feb. 16, 2017 02:00 PM
With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse. Our failure as a society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge.
If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life. The zombies will engage in a general assault on civilization where victims may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to become an exponentially growing crisis. The spreading phenomenon swamps normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked collapse of civilized society until only isolated pockets of survivors remain, scavenging for food and supplies in a world reduced to a pre-industrial hostile wilderness.
A recent report from the Herjavec Group describes the coming Hackerpocalypse as a similar global assault on modern society. The reports description puts the nature of global cybercrime in perspective by highlighting that:
Please don’t be lulled by an apparent separation between the virtual cyber world and our “real-life” physical one. An economic cyberattack could mortally disable the economy of a city, state or country, according to a recent RSA Conference blog post . Ted Koppel also revealed in a New York Times investigative piece that a major cyberattack on the United States’ electrical power grid is likely and that it would be devastating. A national cyberattack against power grids in Ukraine, not only crippled that county’s power systems but mining and railway companies as well.
To prepare for this almost inevitable battle, enterprise cyber defense teams must focus on an actionable list of “to do’s” which include the basics like:
Standalone controls will not work against the sophisticated Hackerpocalypse menace. Once implanted, these advanced threats can remain hidden for months, or even years, collecting critical information and inflicting serious damage. Enterprises must adopt a multi-layered approach that leverages next-generation defenses with embedded intelligence and analytics.
Don’t sit cowering in a corner.
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