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FBI official warns the fight against cyber crime is failing

Filed under: IT Security — Jonathan on April 16, 2012

According to one of the FBI’s leading representatives globally, we are losing the battle against hackivist and hacker attacks.

One of the FBI agency’s leading experts in cyber security claimed that the traditional reactive approach to information security was ‘unsustainable’. When the official was asked to comment on the battle against cyber criminals attacking business and country systems, he answered:

“We’re not winning.”

The FBI official Shawn Henry, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, warned that businesses must increase their efforts to protect their organisations from this form of industrial espionage. This comes on the tail of a run of cyber attacks on a range of high profile businesses including HBGary, Sony and the Nasdaq. He went on to say:

“I don’t see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behaviour, because with the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.”

As many businesses often have no idea that they have been hacked and with criminals often benefiting from inside knowledge, the situation may appear dire. Henry commented further:

“We have found their data in the middle of other investigations. They are shocked and, in many cases, they’ve been breached for many months, in some cases years, which means that an adversary had full visibility into everything occurring on that network potentially.”

With the problem escalating, the need for high calibre people in IT security jobs is growing.

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