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Attack scenarios expose need for good-guy Cyber Megacommunity

A “Cyber Megacommunity” of good guys — leaders from government, business and civilian groups — needs to be formed to effectively stem rising cybercrime. That’s the upshot of a two-day drill which threw an escalating digital doomsday scenario at 230 senior officials from industry, government, Congress and academia.

The drill, called Cyber Strategic Inquiry 2008, was held Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 in Washington D.C., under the auspices of an organization called Business Executives for National Security and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Participants were divided into 11 teams and asked to react to a two-stage attack.

Stage one: Thumb drives and CDs carrying malicious code designed to thwart antivirus …more

Cybersecurity stimulus: $355 million

In moves that should help stimulate the economy, the Obama Administration this week took two big steps toward slowing, and perhaps ultimately reversing, the rapid growth of cybercrime. On Wednesday, Admiral Dennis Blair,  Director of National Intelligence, told Congress that he will assume a greater role in cybersecurity. Then on Thursday, the President released his proposed fiscal 2010 budget,  which included  $355 million in funding to make private- and public-sector cyber infrastructure more resilient and secure.

Above and beyond the $800 billion stimulus package approved by Congress, these developments should provide a sustained economic boost for  vendors who  supply security hardware, software and related services.

Codes of conduct …more

All eyes on consultant advising Obama on cybersecurity engagement

All eyes in the Washington D.C. security and intelligence communities are riveted on Melissa Hathaway. Tech company executives, military leaders, lawmakers and senior White House officials who track cybersecurity matters are anxious to find out what the bright, young management consultant will advise President Obama to do about making the Internet safer.

“Protecting the public Internet … is a vital part of protecting America’s national security,” says Mike McCurry, co-chair of Arts+Labs, a lobbying group formed last September by Viacom, NBC Universal, AT&T, Microsoft, Cisco and the Songwriters Guild of America. “Cybercrime cost businesses an estimated $1 trillion worldwide in 2008, and some security experts believe the threat may …more

Two ideas on collaborating to make the Internet safer

What do a call for President Obama to create a federal clearinghouse of information about data breaches, and the work of a group called AMTSO have in common? Both are pushing for collaboration among sometimes contentious parties to make the Internet safer.
AMTSO – the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization – is further along. This group of  uber competitive tech security companies, led by Bilbao, Spain-based Panda Security, among others, has been striving since May 2008 to come up with a standard for anti-malware testing, which would result in something the good guys are sorely lacking: meaningful metrics.
You can’t resolve a problem if you can’t measure …more