Critical infrastructure remains at risk: Kaspersky

The Die Hard 4 scenario, where critical infrastructure is taken over by gangs of cyber criminals is a very real possibility

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Critical infrastructure remains at risk: Kaspersky Eugene Kaspersky says that enterprises should pull out all the stops on IT security measures.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 13, 2013

“To do so it’d be necessary to redesign just about all the software code in existence and switch to secure operating systems. It’s clear this is virtually impossible; even if it were possible, can you imagine the size of the budgets involved?

“No state would ever permit itself to make such colossal investments in IT Security,” states Kaspersky.

“This problem needs solving in the same way as the problems of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons were in the past. What is needed is an international agreement on cooperation, non-proliferation, and non-usage of cyber weapons, and such a project needs to be organised and coordinated by an independent international organisation, like a Cyber-IAEA, ideally under the aegis of something like the United Nations.

Protecting the enterprise

One hundred percent protection from all types of malware, cyber criminals and spam is just not possible in the real world, according to Kaspersky.

“Getting as close to 100% as possible is what we’re aiming for, and companies should do the same. A common mistake is to miss some elements of infrastructure and they stay unprotected. These are the weak links in the chain and are more likely to get attacked by the bad guys. Last but not least there’s the human factor [on the victim’s side], which often plays a major role in whether an attack is successful or not,” he explains.

IT security, both personal and enterprise, can be compared to banking security: any bank can be the victim of a successful heist, it just depends on how much effort and risk is needed on the part of the armed robbers. When you use a maximum number of security measures and pull out all the stops on security, utilising hardware and software protection options, you make intrusion so complicated, expensive, and time consuming, that criminals simply weigh all the cons as far outweighing the pros, and abandon all their nefarious plans, states Kaspersky.

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