Beckstrom Presents Innovative Approach to Cybersecurity

Ex-ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom says it's a MAD, MAD, MAD Cyber World, introduces a new way of considering the growing global cyber threat. It's intended to help bring clarity to a highly complex problem and to lay the groundwork for common solutions.

Online PR News – 07-June-2013 – New York, New York – For immediate release
June 6, 2013

Beckstrom Presents Innovative Approach to Cybersecurity
New Model Aims to Bring Clarity, Common Understanding to Complex Geopolitical and Technical Challenge

Former US Cybersecurity chief and ex-ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom today introduced a new way of considering the world’s growing cyber threat, intended to help bring clarity to a highly complex problem and to lay the groundwork for crafting meaningful solutions, which so far have not emerged on a global scale.

His MAD, MAD, MAD cyber world concept adds cyber MAD (Mutually Assured Disruption) and Internet MAD (Mutually Assured Dependence on the Internet) to the classic Mutually Assured Destruction of nuclear deterrence. He uses Iran and the 2010 Stuxnet cyber worm to illustrate the reciprocal escalating cyber attacks that a failure to develop effective solutions could bring about.

Building on the classic nuclear MAD, which has maintained peace among the superpowers since World War II, cyber MAD recognizes that nations have the ability to cripple each other’s power systems, industries and economies through broad-scale cyber attacks. “If one government launches a full-scale cyber attack on another, they or the people in their country are likely to receive the same back. And they know it,” Beckstrom said in a speech in New York today.

Internet MAD is generally a positive force that delivers incredible benefits to mankind. Most individuals and countries could not function very well without the Internet, and our reliance is growing. But this has a downside: such interdependence increases our risk of cyber attacks. Citing Beckstrom’s Law of Cybersecurity, Beckstrom notes that anything attached to a network can be hacked; everything is being attached to networks; and thus everything is vulnerable.

About 70,000 new strains of malware appear every day. According to reports, more than 100 nations are investing in offensive cyber capabilities. Governments and societies must evolve to cope with this new reality, just as the world learned to cope with nuclear MAD after World War II.

Beckstrom offers four solid recommendations, two political and two technical: a call for the development of common global definitions and standards; greater global collaboration in fighting cyber bank robbery, human and drug trafficking to establish the trust needed to address the cyber threat; penetration testing of all major systems around the world; and shoring up the global Internet's technical underpinnings to enhance its security.

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