The Week In Review : 26th August

NCSC_WIR_Logo_26082016If you needed any more indication that the threat from cyber-crime was fast moving, then head over to Forbes magazine and take a look at their article “Five Cybersecurity Dangers To Worry About This Week”

Yes, this week! Not this month, not ‘over the next quarter’, or ‘to consider when you have the time’, but this week.

With threats continually developing and evolving keeping up with the latest in threat intelligence is a full time job. Irrespective of the remediation steps needed in order to counter them. This is a point that Forbes makes incredibly well by stating that, “in spite of all the advancements the cybersecurity technology community is making, the bad guys continue to have the edge.” They are so many key messages needed in order to communicate the genuine threat to businesses from cyber-crime, but the fact that it changes daily and as of right here, right now, the criminals are winning, couldn’t be more black and white.

“Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters”, was a statement that jumped out from the website of The Guardian. They explained how The City Of London Police are going to start passing details of cyber suspects to private law firms. The concern is that this introduces a profit motive into the process and may damage its fairness.

Cyber-crime is proving to be a disruptor, to businesses and to the entire criminal detection and conviction processes. Is this new? No. Technology has been disrupting industries and processes in many walks of life for generations. As a believer in the positive benefits of technology I’d like to hope that technology can also provide the answer.

One possible answer is to learn from nature’s defence systems. The website posted an article by the ex-CTO of BT and he graphically reaffirmed how the bad guys continue to have the edge and that the continuing rise of technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), means we need to develop ‘auto immunity’.

The way this can be achieved, as they point out, is in a holistic and very deep way embracing every chip, card, shelf, rack, room, building, site, campus, network and device with automated attack detection, collaboration, and learning, with rapid global sharing of solutions (antidotes).

I heard the term biomimicry, the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems, a few years ago at a design conference where they were looking at how the formation of structures in nature could be applied to the physical world in areas such as buildings and vehicles, but this is the first time I have read about it being applied to IT.

In a week of daily threats, which can cloud any thoughts of long term sustainable solutions to this continuing cyber-crime wave, turning to nature for inspiration and understanding is a refreshing and positive view of the future. After all many peoples first experience of cyber-crime was through a virus, and mother nature has been killing those off, daily, for all of us for a very long time.

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