Cyber security: complete reliance on wireless technologies is becoming a reality

clinic times;”>By Rachel Ehrenfeld

Article courtesy : iHLSIsrael Homeland Security

Countermeasures against hackers require transparency and full disclosure. But as long as board of directors are reluctant to acknowledge cyberattacks and refrain from sharing the information about their attackers, it will be impossible to develop the appropriate strategies and technologies to protect their businesses and often our money. Until that happens, the economic warfare waged on American businesses through the Internet will continue to gain momentum and inflict short- and long-term untold damage.

In the meantime, the U.S. political leadership remains short-sided, passive and slow. President Obama’s effort to secure the nation’s civilian infrastructure and business was his Executive Order on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” in 2013, and the follow up with the Cybersecurity Framework in 2014.

The Administration and Congress were unable to reach an agreement on a cybersecurity law, and it is unlikely that they will pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill that will enable private sector companies to share cyber threat information with the government and vice versa.

Yet, complete reliance on wireless technologies is becoming a reality. The more advanced the technology, the more the reliance on it and the greater the risk of interference by hacking into or jamming the systems. Each cyberattack brings new efforts to stop similar attacks, but little, if anything, is in place to detect or counter future attacks.

The perpetrators could be ideologically/financially motivated individuals, criminal or terrorist groups, or hostile states. And, as we have seen, cyberattacks not only steal information, money, or both, or paralyze communication. Cyber interference could also commandeer different components of systems to scramble information, change records and damage operations, and jamming could cause systems and communications failures that could cost huge financial losses and human lives.

When the 114 Congress convenes in January, it should pass a cybersecurity law that would not only facilitate better protection of our civilian infrastructure, but also acknowledge that we are facing a cyberwar, in which the best defense is offense.

Article courtesy : iHLSIsrael Homeland Security

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