The University of Maryland is the latest victim of a significant data breach, stemming from what school officials described as a “sophisticated computer security attack” that exposed records containing personal information.
Organizations need to consider more than just the malware itself if they are to defend against it; the first step in defending against malicious code infections is ensuring that a strong trust infrastructure is in place and well secured.
Because transactions using virtual currencies happen anonymously, they confuse issues of jurisdiction and can become difficult to enforce. When authorities do take action, cybercrime simply re-images itself with a new currency and a new platform.
As the “Snowden leaks” continue in their revelations and unraveling of the twisted web of government surveillance, it is becoming clear that the foundation of trust in the Internet as a shared commons has been thoroughly undermined.
I believe that no other nation can match the capabilities of the United States military, but at the same time, matching the level of resources and investment in cyber being made by nation states such as China could prove impossible.
Now that news sites know that hacktivists and cybercriminals have them in their sights, the lesson to be learned here is that cybersecurity needs to be a key part of any news organizations’ online strategy.