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Cyber Warfare and Cybersecurity

Threats against the United States have shifted in the last decade to include significantly more cyber attacks and security breaches. Businesses and the U.S. government are under a deluge of daily assaults from a number of malicious elements in foreign countries as well as internal cyber criminals. One of the most alarming features of the current state of affairs is that many businesses have a very limited perspective on the volume of attacks and the extent of their vulnerability to attacks on websites and networks. According to FBI Director James Comey, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked…and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”

 

Attacks against the nation aren’t limited to government entities because the United States can be harmed by successfully damaging the infrastructure. Retail businesses, banking and investment networks are under attack because of the major disruptions they can cause.

 

Akamai Technologies has indicated that cyber attacks on websites increased by 75% in the final quarter of 2013, with hackers in China responsible for 43% of all attacks. Last year, major attacks were launched against Target, Sony, e-Bay, JP Morgan Chase, Staples, Healthcare.gov, and unfortunately, many more. One thing is clear; threats are increasing and cyber attacks are having a dramatic effect on the amount of money spent on defenses.

 

It is extremely difficult to know what the scope of cyber warfare really is because so many attacks occur long before businesses and the public sector realize they have been hacked. Having a limited understanding of the scope of cyber assaults translates into increased vulnerability and limited preparedness for an adequate defense. In recent reports, Ponemon Institute and Webroot suggest that industry believes threat intelligence is critical in creating a balanced Cybersecurity defense, resulting in limiting security breaches. However, it is becoming more and more challenging to acquire intelligence that allows sufficient time for defensive action.

 

The country as a whole is still very vulnerable to attacks. The overall solution to mitigating our weaknesses is a stronger partnership between government and business to acquire better intelligence about the sources and nature of attacks and simultaneously to strengthen policies addressing Cybersecurity.

 

Raven Solutions, in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Akamai Technologies, offers various levels of mitigation to government organizations and the private sector. Contact us to evaluate your risks and vulnerabilities so we can assist you in mitigating threats to your network environment.

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