By Paul Roberts
The former head of the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security
Division warns that the U.S. military's preoccupation with secrecy could
hamper efforts to get the upper hand in cyber security.
An article last week by the U.S Deputy Secretary of Defense put the U.S.
military's cybersecurity plans in the spotlight. Writing for the
magazine Foreign Affairs, William J. Lynn III confirmed that a 2008
security breach resulted in a malicious code infection that touched both
classified and unclassified intelligence networks and prompted a
ground-up rethinking of the Pentagon's approach to cyber security.
Lynn painted a mostly optimistic picture of the Military's about face on
cybersecurity, which culminated in the creation of a Cyber Command,
under the direction of a four star general and with a direct line of
communication to the Secretary of Defense and Commander in Chief. Lynn
also declared a new era in the arena of computer intrusions and defense,
with cyber a new theater of warfare in need of a tried and true
approach: Cold War style alliances with allies and the private sector to
spot and thwart emerging threats.
What does it all mean? To get a better understanding of what's really
changed, Threatpost.com sat down with Amit Yoran, CEO of Netwitness and
a former head of the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security
Division to talk about cybersecurity, federal policy and what the
country really needs to do to secure its critical infrastructure.
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