Book Details Danger of Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism

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<strong>Ely, England &mdash; April 18</strong><br />The news that NATO has announced the creation of a 24-hour emergency response team to manage cyberattacks &mdash; in the same way that it responds to chemical, biological or radiological attacks &mdash; highlights the increasing vulnerability of organizations and businesses in the information era. <br /><br />A new book by defense and commercial security expert Dr. Julie Mehan, <em>CyberWar, CyberTerror, CyberCrime</em>, published by IT Governance, provides a stark and timely analysis of the increasingly hostile online landscape that today&rsquo;s corporate systems inhabit and gives a practical introduction to the defensive strategies that can be employed in response. <br /> <br />&ldquo;Cyberwar, cyberterror and cybercrime are a real and present danger, and organizations that are unprepared for them are organizations that are wandering blindly into a destructive future,&rdquo; warned Mehan. <br /> <br />While targeted at professionals with a general understanding of security engineering, this timely, balanced and farsighted book should provide sobering yet illuminating reading for business, technology and security leaders around the world. Of particular value to security professionals are the chapters addressing cyberdefense, governance, laws and standards, that discuss the regulatory landscape and suggest practical methods for applying international standards and best practices to create a culture of security within organizations. <br /> <br />Commented Mehan: &ldquo;While the Internet has emerged in the past two decades as a powerful business tool and enabler, the online world remains a largely unstructured terrain with few legal limitations and rules. The result has been a digital &lsquo;Wild West,&rsquo; with the Internet providing a fertile feeding ground for cyberwarriors, cyberterrorists and cybercriminals.&rdquo;<br /> <br />To demonstrate the scale of the problem, Mehan points to recent cases such as the 2007 cyberattack by Russia on Estonia&rsquo;s state and financial IT infrastructure that brought the country to a standstill for two months. She also highlights the high cost of malware attacks by groups such as the Storm Trojan gang, whose efforts infected millions of computers and cost companies billions of dollars. <br /> <br />&ldquo;Cyberterrorism, cybercrime and cyberattacks pose a serious risk to national, individual and corporate security,&rdquo; concluded Mehan. &ldquo;The weapons of the cyberterrorist or cybercriminal are subtle, insidious, difficult to trace, low-cost and easily deployed globally. Vital organizations on which we all depend are potentially vulnerable to this kind of attack, particularly financial, defense, telecommunications and energy networks, and no-one can afford to ignore the level of threat. <em>CyberWar, CyberTerror, CyberCrime</em> is a valuable tool for CIOs and IT professionals in assessing how to utilize the best standards and practices to secure their information systems against attack.&rdquo;<br />

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