The Pentagon has now openly accused China of launching online attacks on the U.S. Will your cyber security training withstand the mounting threat?
There is no more dancing around it now. Although there have been mentions and whispers of Chinese-based cyber attacks in the past, China has now been publicly named as responsible for performing cyber espionage on American cyber soil. This move away from the indirect, diplomatic approach of addressing cyber espionage and into a more direct dialogue signals a new direction in the cyber threat debate.
The language coming from the government on this is chilling, and although we’ve known something about state-sponsored cyber espionage for some time, to see it written in the DOD’s Annual Report to Congress will make you think twice about the imminent threat and the depth of your cyber security training.
“China is using its computer network exploitation (CNE) capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs,” the report says. Elsewhere, it also notes that China is “developing electronic and information warfare capabilities, including denial and deception, to defeat those of its adversaries.”
Unless U.S. sources are in error, the threat is now officially real. China is actively seeking your competitive intellectual property through digital avenues. And until the U.S. government takes direct action, only good cyber security training and implementation stands between you and the unauthorized access of your data.
John Sileo is a cyber security expert and in-demand speaker on digital security, identity theft and social media privacy. His clients include the Department of Defense, Pfizer, Visa, and Homeland Security. See his recent media appearances on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper and Fox Business.