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article image'Knowing the enemy' when it comes to global cyber security

By Andrew Moran     Jan 9, 2013 in Technology
Tampa - Cyber security doesn’t just deal with the phalanx of attacks and compromises of credit cards, bank information, smartphones and account passwords, it also includes homeland security. Is the United States prepared for the year’s cyber attacks?
Last year, the U.S. government reported that companies operating natural gas pipelines had their business networks infiltrated by cyberspies, while utilities that control the country’s electric grid also experienced the same thing. Much of these networks are linked to industrial systems that are connected to factory processes, control valves and switches.
It was reported this past summer that the federal government has experienced a 680 percent increase in cyber security breaches since 2006. In the fiscal year 2011, Washington cited 42,887 incidents of privacy breaches, data theft and computer intrusions.
A lot of the evidence points to China, but whoever is initiating these attacks are targeting various government agencies, like the Federal Trade Commission and the Pentagon. Cyber security has indeed become the first or second priority of homeland security.
Across the pond in the United Kingdom, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told British lawmakers that the government must apply a great effort and focus on cyber security threats to the UK military.
“It is our view that cyber security is a sufficiently urgent, significant and complex activity to warrant increased ministerial attention,” said James Arbuthnot, the Conservative lawmaker who heads the committee, in a statement to Bloomberg News. “The government needs to put in place – as it has not yet done – mechanisms, people, education, skills, thinking and policies which take into account both the opportunities and vulnerabilities which cyberspace presents.”
“Know your enemy.” That’s what Mile2 strongly suggests individuals and entities across the globe to do.
Mile2 is a decade-old firm that was established following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as a means to defend against any threats of national information or corporate security attacks by cyber perpetrators. The company creates Information Security training and Information Assurance services to meet the demands of the private sector, military, federal government and other institutions across the globe.
With a name derived from Matthew 5:41 “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles,” the company wants to go the extra mile to shoot down cyber threats. It takes the extra step across the globe with offices in the U.S., Great Britain, the Middle East and Asia.
Raymond Friedman is the president and CEO, who has more than 10 years of experience in the IT Security Space field and has consulted international financial firms and worldwide governments. His specialties include digital forensics, security audits and penetration tests.
The company, like many other cyber security firms, trains businesses and public departments to think like a cyber attacker in order to protect sensitive data and intellectual property. Featured on NBC, CBS and Fox News, Mile2 has been instrumental in the contribution of universal standards in cyber security that have been adopted by the various agencies listed.
By taking its classes, online instructional videos and course kits and participating in online exams, military members, bureaucrats and corporate officials can ward off attacks from hackers akin to what American banks have had to deal from Iranian infiltrators for more than one year.
Last month, Mile2 announced in a press release that it was offering a four-day Certified Secure Code Engineer Course, an in-depth look into the essentials of software security and secure coding.
“Through a mixture of instructor-led lectures and hands on exercises, students will learn how to identify security flaws early in the development process and how to design and code to eliminate these flaws,” said Friedman in the media release. “T his kind of qualification is especially expected in the financial industry where bank and home insurance databases can contain millions of customer and financial records.”
Cyber security has become so dire that President Barack Obama is expected to sign an Executive Order to mandate some companies to enhance their computer networks’ security, while the Congress is attempting at similar legislation it was working on last year, which was shot down by various business lobbyists.
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