Sunday, 2 October 2011

Thought for the night

Carl von Clausewitz wrote how “the backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.” We provide that secrecy when we allow compromised systems to remain online, when we hide the fact that our critical systems have been compromised. He further reminded us that “War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.”

We are seeing the Chinese and North Koreans compromise more and more critical systems each week. Some of these are in the press, but these are either the failures or the systems that are already mined for all they are worth. For the most part, these breaches remain secret and out of public purview. To the North Koreans, the entire purpose of a computer network seems to be as a platform for politics through any means.

To paraphrase Clausewitz, everything in security is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.

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