Today, any organization is dead without its technical supports. Even an attack on content – information, business intelligence, data – can put business at risk.
By “business,” we mean the doing of the doing – your “busy-ness” in furthering and delivering within your mission: Whether you’re a for-profit private-sector endeavor; a non/not-for-profit org; a government agency; or sole-proprietor. You have business that needs to be conducted on a daily, ongoing, basis.
Any business can go out of business if it loses any measure of its technical enablements, and/or corresponding content. Lose it all, and it most definitely will go out of business.
And now comes word of cyber-terror. What the heck does the local organization do about that?? Eugene Kaspersky is a Russian math genius who founded an internet security apparatus that has been characterized as having a global reach. He’s a thought leader as regards emerging perils. According to Sky News, Kaspersky believes “…we are close, very close, to cyber terrorism. Perhaps already the criminals have sold their skills to the terrorists – and then… oh, God.”
That doesn’t sound too hopeful. Further, Kaspersky, while attending the London Cyber Conference, told Sky that he believes cyber-terror to be the biggest threat to nations such as China and the U.S.
“There is already cyber espionage, cyber crime, hacktivism (whereby activists attack systems and content for political ends) – soon we will be facing cyber terrorism,” he said.
So – what’s the local organization to do? There is a need to protect yourself. With ever-more power and knowledge being available to individuals and small groups, imagine: Imagine a disgruntled ex-employee wiping out your organization’s assets, for example. But further: Can the average organization make a contribution to the larger, surrounding, public security?
I propose a business/tech roundtable in given locales, that meet semi-annually, or perhaps quarterly in high-risk areas (Washington, DC, for example). Here, business and technology folks, from all levels of diverse organizations, can brainstorm and share ideas of protection, prevention, and where necessary – recoveries.
It’s going to become a necessity: Already, the Pentagon is on record to state that the U.S. reserves the right to retaliate with military force against any cyber attack. In a 12-page report to Congress, made public, the Pentagon said:
“When warranted, we will respond to hostile attacks in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. We reserve the right to use all necessary means – diplomatic, informational, military and economic – to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests.”
The vulnerability is large, being that the Defense Department alone operates more than 15,000 computer networks, with 7 million computers worldwide.
But, again, what of your locale? What if simple everyday “hacktivists” decided to take down some service providers that were key to you? It would be awfully uncomfortable to live without e-mail, your online presence, and the services of any other providers such as Cloud hosting, processing, storage, and communications.
It’s something worth thinking about… at least start to think about it – and where effective, efficient, contributions by your org might be made.
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