The State of US Cybersecurity: Not So Good

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The "2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey" shows that companies are not doing the work needed to prevent the next cybercrime disaster.

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  • Don O‘Neill

    Simply put, the situation is dire.

    The most essential attributes of security are trustworthiness, protection, and resilience. Security is defined as the condition of being protected against danger or loss. Software assurance is the level of confidence that software is free from vulnerabilities. It involves trustworthiness and no exploitable vulnerability, justifiable confidence in predictable execution, and conformance through planned and systematic multidisciplinary activities.

    Simply put, the goal of Cyber Security is to assure the trustworthiness, security, and resiliency of software components, systems, and systems of systems of all kinds including those used in national defense and the nation’s critical infrastructure. Resiliency is the ability to anticipate, avoid, withstand, mitigate, and recover from the effects of adversity whether natural or manmade under all circumstances of use.

    Issues surrounding security include:
    1. The Cyber Security gap between complete correctness and sufficient correctness continues to grow and with it the opportunities for adversarial exploitation. Closing the gap requires behavior computation, the net effect of program operations spanning all possible behaviors where the preferred outcome is full behavior nothing more.
    2. Cyber Security foundations are lacking;
    3. Cyber Security practice is ad hoc, not well understood, and ineffective;
    4. Cyber Security training and certification programs do not yield the capability to secure large scale software intensive systems;
    5. Research programs are misdirected and promise what they cannot deliver;
    6. STEM initiatives cannot deliver results needed;
    7. Executives and senior managers are disconnected from the realities they face;
    8. Privacy, civil liberties, information sharing liability concerns represent increasing resistance and barriers to achieving Cyber Security.

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