Monday, July 7, 2014

Marriage is a commitment, cybersecurity too

“Commitment is an act, not a word” (French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre). How many weddings are you invited to this summer? A few weeks ago, it starts the wedding season. But a marriage ceremony is nothing but an act that symbolizes the commitment of two people beyond the words to stay together and become a family.

In this sense, marriage is one of the biggest commitments for a human. But it is the only one. There are people who daily demonstrate their determination to fight cybercrime. Therefore, they work to discover and warn of malicious actors seeking to perform all kinds of scams on the Internet. For example, by compromising several websites of travel agencies in the U.S. in order to use them to distribute malware among those users looking for a trip on July 4th.

Just as some people strive to keep users safe, others work in the opposite direction. And phishing is one of their favorite activities. There is nothing like seducing the customers of a bank like NatWest in UK through a deceptive email to get the access credentials to their bank accounts and other financial products.

Furthermore the TOR network’s commitment of keeping users anonymity safe does not seem unshakable. As stated by hackers Volynkin Alexander and Michael McCord, having a $ 3,000 budget would be enough to identify the IP address of someone using such network. They have not yet explained how it can be done, but they will at the next Black Hat 2014.

However, British Internet providers do seem determined to keep the agreement reached with the government to block all the websites allegedly distributing content not suitable for all ages by filters. However, some organizations like claim that ISP's are taking their promise too far and block sites that are not potentially harmful for children under 18, such as political or feminist activist blogs. In fact, 19% of the websites analyzed by them that are blocked.

Going back to what we said at the beginning of the article, there are thousands of people in the world committed to cybersecurity. In the same way, there are also governments such as the North Korean one which are "married" to cyber defense. Or we may say, to cyberwar. Indeed, North Korea has doubled the number of its cyber-warriors up to 5,900 over the past two years and has established overseas bases for hacking attacks.

Anyway increasing its number of cyber soldiers mustn’t have been easy for Korea judging by the lack of professionals in this field. In fact, in the U.S., regardless that the unemployment rate has slightly raised in the IT field, demand for cybersecurity experts continues to outstrip supply. Perhaps the education sector and government authorities are not sufficiently committed to boost training in this area or this professional field is not really attractive for young people. What do you think?

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