Over the past decade, the role of the Internet has moved beyond just email and websites viewable from a small window on a heavy desktop to something we now carry with us in our bags, pockets and strapped to our wrists.
It is now a driving force of the world economy and is creeping its way into every aspect of our lives. For better or worse, we are now all connected. Individuals, as well as businesses and governments, now rely on the Internet as the main point of communication and commerce to the point that it is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
However, this dependency has also made us vulnerable, as groups seek to control and subvert the Internet for purposes of sabotage and espionage. What was once thought to be the domain of lone criminal hackers to make a name for themselves has evolved into well-organized criminal syndicates. The results have been a perversely symbiotic and growing economy aimed at both exploiting and securing our fragile interconnected networks.
Particularly, over the past few years, we have also seen nation-states increasingly using black hat tools and techniques to increase their cyberwar arsenal in parallel to their cyber defenses. The greatest cyberthreat to business is not just criminal hackers armed with a laptop and exploits but also nation-states and intelligence agencies around the world, seeking the upper hand through cyberwar and espionage tactics.
Today, companies deal with new cyberthreats, including:
- Nation-state sponsored hacking groups targeting corporations for intellectual property and customer data
- Criminal syndicates operating with impunity within foreign borders targeting retailers, financial services, healthcare and other industries
- Governments requesting backdoors into encryption and data centers putting customer privacy and businesses reputation at risk
I am particularly excited to announce that we have a webcast this Thursday at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern with one of the foremost researchers on the topic, Shane Harris, author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.
In this webcast, we will discuss the challenges businesses face in securing infrastructure from well-resourced, state-sponsored APT attacks. We will highlight the challenges of attack attribution and why businesses should focus their limited resources on prevention and detection capabilities.
Attendees will also learn how various threat intelligence-sharing initiatives from both government and private industry will benefit you moving forward.
If that isn’t enough, the first 50 attendees will also receive a free digital copy of Shane Harris’ @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.