By Pratima Harigunani
February 03, 2009
He has performed network security assessments for some of the world's
largest corporations, including all facets of critical infrastructure,
with work spanning 22 countries across four continents. He has also
worked with US Federal law enforcement agencies on some of America's
most notorious computer crime cases.
Co-author of books like 'Implementing Internet Security', 'Internet
Security Professional Reference', and 'The Complete Internet Business
Toolkit', he is now Vice President, Technology, Patch Advisor. Meet
Chris Goggans, as Pratima Harigunani of CyberMedia Newsspeaks to him and
finds out his views on current Cybercrime and terror issues.
How dangerous is Cyber-terrorism?
I hate that term. It is either terrorism or not. Cyber-terrorism is a
misnomer. How does it matter whether one plans an attack on paper, on
phone or on email? But yes, there is the factor of force-multiplier,
specially in country related attacks. This relates to the ability of the
first responder to deal with the aftermath.
Computer-based attacks against soft pieces of infrastructures like
financial or Telecom organizations can cause greater chaos in times of
emergency. I don't want to lessen the significance of the word
'terrorist' by associating it with things that don't impact human lives.
But who do you call a terrorist? In case of information warfare from
China to US, the penetration of government networks could be feat for
someone, could be disaster for someone. A Chinese would look at it
differently and a US citizen would look at it differently. Can we call
them a terrorist?
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