Cyber-security challenges facing South Korea and the world

Cyber-security challenges facing South Korea and the world

One of the most fundamental yet critical tasks facing a country struggling to bolster its cyber-security is to understand its own information systems and those of its adversaries.

In this article, Martin Libicki - senior researcher at RAND Corporation - delves into cyber-security challenges facing SouthKorea and the world, and global efforts to tide them over.

In particular, Libicki states that "cybersecurity has to be taken seriously by militaries (and their associated intelligence components), by financial institutions and critical infrastructures because the consequences of their failure are severe. Organizations with intellectual property also have to be alert to the threat that someone will want to see and copy it (and then use it in their own designs). Otherwise, cyber is a risk like any other."

Moreover "cyberwar, both offensive and defensive, is a matter of understanding information systems and their relationship to warfare systems. To do well at cyberwar requires understanding your adversary’s systems, the role they play (e.g., how automated are weapons systems, what command-and-control infrastructure do they have), and what potential exists to interfere with these systems to your benefit."

Talking about North Korea’s cyber-warfare capabilities, Libicki affirms that "the DPRK (North Korea) seems to be at Iran’s level", and even if North Korea seems to be less vulnerable to cyberattacks given that it has poor Internet penetration and very small computer networks, "since they use other people’s technology, they may be heir to supply-chain attacks."

To read all the interview, here:

mercoledì 23 luglio 2014

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