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Cybersecurity: what’s the point?

January 17, 2012

Last week the FBI claimed that cybersecurity posed an “existential” threat to American corporations, “meaning it could eliminate whole companies”. Despite this, it said, many consumers and commercial organizations are “still not taking the threat serious, claiming, “either they don’t recognize it, they don’t understand it or they don’t care”.  I wonder what Sartre or Camus would have to say on the matter?

I’m have no doubt they would have thought long and hard on the philosophical questions facing CISOs in many commercial organizations and Government departments. Questions like: Do advanced persistent threats really exist? How can we minimize our risk of attack? And, ‘If we are attacked, how do we detect and deal with it?’.  Hopefully you won’t conclude that that the struggle is futile or absurd!

The battle against cyberattacks can often feel a little like Sisyphus, pushing a rock up a mountain only to have it roll to the bottom again. We can only hope that the majority of security professionals, regardless of how absurd or futile the struggle can appear, take steps to protect themselves and their organizations from the threats that undoubtedly threaten their existence.

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