Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Future of Cyber Warfare

Greetings from the 2014 Digital Government Conference in Canberra, where Dr Suresh Hungenahally, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Business and Innovation (Vic), is speaking on "The Future of Cyber Warfare". He showed a video from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) depicting a government official who has lost their laptop, so logs in from a cybercafe and has their password stolen as a result.

Dr Hungenahally pointed out that "hackers" are now not just teenager having fun, they are criminals out to steal corporate secrets. He related the Queensland case of a SCADA system being penetrated  the Maroochy Shire Council's sewage control system.
Dr Hungenahally then claimed that the Australian Air Traffic control system depended on US based computer systems, which seems unlikely.

ps: The Australian National University is launching its "Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace" research, later today.

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