Risk Management, Workforce Challenges, IoT Vulnerabilities, Critical Infrastructure and More at Billington Summit

Here is coverage of the 8th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit by our media partner, The CyberWire.

Threat, vulnerability, consequence, and mitigation (with names named).

The annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit convened in Washington on September 13, 2017. Here’s an overview of what the leaders who exchanged views had to offer.

Internet-of-things equals infrastructure-attack-surface.

Consensus among Government leaders who spoke at the Summit was that proliferation of the Internet-of-things, designed for the most part with inadequate attention to security, has vastly increased the attack surface US critical infrastructure presents to adversaries.

Naming the adversaries.

Who those adversaries are is not in much doubt: nation-states Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea (listed roughly in order of severity of threat, based on capabilities and intentions) and also violent extremists like ISIS (not particularly capable at hacking, but enjoying considerable success at inspiration). Speakers took a particularly dark view of Russian intentions, with Representative William Hurd (R-Texas) calling that country’s operations in Eastern Ukraine (which is “not a separatist movement at all; there are more Russian officers in Eastern Ukraine than there are Ukrainian officers”) among other things a large-scale effort to perfect their electronic and cyber warfare capabilities for use elsewhere.

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