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Russian DNC Hack – A Cybersecurity Microcosm

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jul 27, 2016.

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    According to ESG research, 31% of cybersecurity professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) believe the threat landscape is much worse today than it was 2 years ago while another 36% say the threat landscape is somewhat worse today than it was 2 years ago (note: I am an ESG employee).

    Why the cynicism? Look no further than the Russian hack of the DNC as this particular data breach is a microcosm of cybersecurity at large. This one incident illustrates a few important points:

    1. All data is at risk. Way back when, state-sponsored cyber-attacks were government-on-government affairs, typically focused on military and intelligence. The cyber-theft of design documents for the F-22 and F-35 are perfect examples here. Unfortunately, state-sponsored attacks have gone beyond spooks and soldiers. China went after the NY Times, North Korea breached Sony Pictures, and Russia blew the lid off the DNC. When matched against sophisticated state-sponsored actors, pedestrian cybersecurity defenders are simply fighting out of their weight class.

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