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Wikileaks: an insider perspective | Part 4 – The Takeaways

August 23, 2011

So what are the takeaways from the Wikileaks breach? I believe they are the following:

  • Federal agencies saw Wikileaks for what it was – a wake up call – and has fundamentally rethought every element of how its delivers information security for Government data.
  • Our new Secretary of Defense has stated that it is highly probable that our next war will be fought in Cyber Space.  We can’t afford to lose that war!  There is, however, a realization that the insider threat may play a part in any cyber war.
  • Flexibility will be critical if agencies are to continue to provide effective cyber and insider threat protection.  Often [and sometimes unfairly] criticized for being behind the curve in innovating new solutions to an array of problems Federal information security professionals are now thinking outside of the ‘box’.
  • Don’t assume you have sufficient expertise in your organization to solve this problem internally. One of our country’s newest combat motto’s is “Never send our soldiers into a fair fight.”  Arm them with all of the tools to make this fight unfair to our enemies. This is as true on the battlefield as it is in cyberspace.
  • Fund new research.
  • Listen to your operators.  If they tell you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

As a result of Wikileaks, commercial Enterprise can learn much from the Federal information security community.  It’s motivated us to design and implement a solid, flexible, information-based Cyber Security Posture that will help us to detect, protect and resolve future threats – whether they come from within the agency or from an army of cyber attackers on foreign shores.

For that reason alone Wikileaks will have been a bargain for the United States.

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  1. embedded62 permalink
    September 1, 2011 10:43 am

    Ralph — great post! When properly viewed, every disaster can be an opportunity. We (the DoD and contractor community surrounding the DoD) need to treat WikiLeaks this way… sometimes a two-by-four across the head is better than a bullet through the chest … if it serves to wake us up.

    Dan Callahan
    Venona Consulting, LLC

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