Cybersecurity: A Millisecond Defense

November 12, 2015

Larry Karisny

In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

When it comes to recent cybersecurity talks, the prevalent theme seemed to be, “We know we need to do something, but what?”

The recurring questions are: Where do we start, and how fast do we need to react to stop cyberattacks? What's become quite clear is that if we are to secure our digital world, we need to do it with technologies that run as fast as the networks and applications in which they operate — in milliseconds.

Repeated time and again in recent discussions is the need for proactive defensive measures in cybersecurity — and how quickly they must react to stop today's hacker. Even the language in the new cybersecurity bill seems to fall short of true cybersecurity protection, as it is more based on the sharing of information to assist in the detection and recovery of a cyberattack rather than a proactive cybersecurity solution that would stop the attack.

And this leads to a few important questions: Is there a big disconnect between the public and the private sectors when it comes to what cybersecurity is suppose to achieve? If so, what is that disconnect, and how can we move forward?

Baker—speaking at the Advanced Cyber Security Center conference and flanked by crypto luminary Susan Landau of Worcester Polytech Institute and Eric Wenger, director of cybersecurity and privacy, global government affairs at Cisco—made the case that encryption hampers law enforcement investigations on a local level and surveillance efforts on national security and terrorism fronts.

The other side argues that, especially post-Snowden and the endless run of evidence of the National Security Agency’s overreach on surveillance and deliberate efforts to weaken cryptographic standards, that encryption remains the best defense against government surveillance and advanced attackers targeting intellectual property. Asking Silicon Valley for help in solving Going Dark, for example, seems to be an unlikely proposition.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

 

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SBA Unveils Small Business Cybersecurity Tools
Credit: Mark Van Scyoc

In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses.

In the wake of high-profile data breaches, many businesses are eager to implement a more robust cybersecurity strategy. The SBA's cybersecurity page, launched earlier this month during the "Cybersecurity at Work" week, offers advice and tools for small business owners who are seeking to better protect both their own data and their customers' data. In 2013, 44 percent of the 800 small business owners surveyed reported having experienced a cyberattack that resulted in an average cost of nearly $9,000, according to a report by the National Small Business Association.

"Cybersecurity is one of our nation's most pressing national security priorities, and America's 28 million small businesses, which create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S., are especially at risk," SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said in a statement announcing the Web page. "Small employers are quickly becoming a larger target for criminals looking to access sensitive data because small businesses typically have limited resources for information systems security. In an effort to combat cyberattacks against small businesses, the SBA's online tools will help employers identify information security vulnerabilities that put their companies at risk."

- See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf
In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf