4-21-2010 Wednesday – More on Security

Well, we are moving on the ‘offensive’ about defending our networks…wired.com summarizes some of our tax money going to Booz-Allen to create a ‘Cyber-Bunker’ and facilitate communication between the network researchers in academia…

Also, NPR’s Terry Gross interviewed Richard Clarke, author of “Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It” on Fresh Air

Conventional Wisdom is the US is very good offensively but no defense.  In the interview Mr. Clarke made an interesting observation that North Korea is the best protected country from Cyber War.  There are very few communications lines into North Korea and they do not have a network.  Mr. Clarke also said North Korea uses China and South Korea as locations for launching attacks.  China I can understand…I guess I’ll have to read the book to understand how North Korea is leveraging South Korea.

Also new to me was the concept of “Logic Bombs”.  I don’t know why I never considered this.  Basically, Logic Bombs are Software Manchurian Candidates.  I.e. destructive code ‘sleeping’ until someone activates the code.  Now, this is really good stuff…however, as I mentioned in a previous post, there is the Attribution Problem.

So, here’s the scenario; the US gets attacked, who do we retaliate against?…the clock is ticking…the US will only have so much time until The Network goes down…will there be enough time to know who attacked and ‘fire’ the correct Logic Bombs?

Interesting stuff…Game Theory anyone???

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It” is available in eBook format on B&N.  I will read it and write a review on this blog…in the meantime enjoy the interview.


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