This week the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology held hearings on how to address the cyber security threat and better implement private/public cooperation to mitigate the threat. A question was raised about current laws and whether they hamper the private sectors’ ability to defend itself. The Committee recognized the White House commission report on cyber security and its discussion on current law gaps, located at: (White House Cyber Security Policy Review). At least in my opinion, the laws clearly hamper private sectors’ ability to defend themselves. Every time I lecture on my article, “Hacking Back In Self-Defense: . . .,” there is at least one or two people in the audience who argue that my theory is illegal. Is hacking back illegal? Yes, in some respects, and no in others. It all depends. I also receive push-back when I claim self-defense does exist in cyberspace.
Regardless of where you stand on these issues, the discussion needs to be had and pushed down the road quickly. The naysayers do not provide solutions but only roadblocks. We are losing the war in cyberspace. Attacks move at the speed of light and can severely damage and destroy companies. We need answers and solutions and we need them now. My case in point, the FBI, as they spoke to Scotland Yard about how to take down the Anonymous hacker group, was hacked and their 15 minute conversation was recorded by Anonymous and put out on the Internet. We are being decimated in cyberspace and must act now. If interested in further discussion on tools and techniques the private sector may be able to use, attend a webinar on 16 Feb. at www.hbgary.com/events, titled, “Mitigative Counterstrike.”