Cyber Chief of British Ministry of Defence Urges to Follow Estonian Example
29 November (BNS)
The UK needs to follow Estonia's example in order to improve user education and reduce the vast majority of cyber threats, which would give government and industry an easier opportunity for harm reduction, the head of the British Ministry of Defence’s Defence Cyber Operations Group has said.
Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw argued at the Cyber Security 2011 conference on Tuesday that 'cyber war' is a misleading term. "I dislike the words 'war' and 'cyber' because both imply it's something specialised and technical; other people's problems. My observation is that activity in cyber space breaks down and crosses all barriers [and] distinctions between war and peace and civilians and personnel. We are all under attack all the time."
Shaw explained that the UK needs to move from a country in "pre-attack mode" to emulate Estonia, which is "an interesting example of a country in post-attack mode."
He likened the time lag that exists in the UK between the population appreciating there is a risk in cyber space and actually doing something about it. "Bad cyber hygiene is the biggest threat to us in the short term. How safe are you in your personal behaviour? How safe is your intellectual property that resides in industrial supply chains?" he asked.
"Mass attacks are swamping our technology response. We need to make it a manageable target for government and industry. Eighty percent of threats could be nullified by good cyber hygiene."
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