Code war era

I’m sure it is not a new turn of phrase, but I came across the term ‘Code war’ as in code war era in a recent Businessweek article titled ‘Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race’ that can be found here;

From Google accusing the Chinese government of trying to hack it’s systems and threaten it’s employees to the Stuxnet worm causing massive damage to Iran’s nuclear program cyber warfare is clearly real and here to stay – This is truly the era of the code war..

One of the big differences between cyber warfare and traditional warfare are the levels of secrecy involved.  Traditional weapons such as guns, fighter planes or even nuclear missiles still work both in use and as a deterrent even when many details about how they work.  In the cyber world once an exploit is known about and understood countermeasures can quickly render it useless.

To highlight just how real this threat is, in 2009 the US created the US Cyber Command, and the US military has been given the all clear to us ‘cyber’ weapons.

Various firms, such as Endgame and Appin Technologies that provide various security services including creating exploit code are reporting ever increasing profits due to the demand for this kind of service.  These companies while shrouded in secrecy are the public face of this industry; there are many more ‘black’ companies whose activities and work for governments is considerably more hidden and less visible.

Definitely interesting times in the world of IT security..



Author: Kevin Fielder

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business. I am a determined individual with proven ability to provide security insights to the business, in their language. These insights have gained board buy in for delivering security strategy aligned to key business goals. This is achieved by understanding the need to drive change through people, process and technology, rather than focusing exclusively on any one area. I take pride in being a highly articulate, motivational and persuasive team-builder. I have a strategic outlook with the ability to engage with and communicate innovative and effective security solutions to all levels of management. Along with a proven ability to translate security into business language and articulate the business benefits I am also passionate about leading security innovations and making security a key part of the business proposition to its customers. Security should be made a key differentiator to drive sales and customer retention, not just a cost centre! Outside of work I am a proud husband and father to an awesome family, and a passionate CrossFit coach and athlete.

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