Cyber and InfoWar 1994 vs. 2014. Has our national defense improved or faltered?

Cyber and InfoWar 1994 vs. 2014. Has our national defense improved or faltered?

Henry Dalziel | General Hacking Posts, Hacker Hotshots | October 15, 2013

Sometimes they just come harder and stronger.

Since we celebrated our 100th Hacker Hotshow a few weeks back, we’ve been had a barrage of brilliant web shows, speakers and their associated titles.

This one however – gets first prize for sheer fright and shock value, not least because the speakers are two of the world’s best and most knowledgeable experts on the subject: Winn Schwartau and Matthew G Devost.

The title of the web show is: “Infowar 1994 vs. 2014. Has our national defense improved or faltered?” and will be live from 1200 EST this Friday October 18th 2013. If you are reading this post the event then still go ahead and hit the link in the previous sentence since the event will be recorded. If you are reading this before Friday (the 18th) then you shouldn’t be! You should have left this page and registered yourself! Here’s that link again.

1994 vs 2014
Yes, of course, rather a lot has changed since 1994. May 10th Nelson Mandella becomes president of South Africa, OJ Simpson flees police in his white ford bronco and Major League Baseball Players went on strike for 232 days. Today, we communicate at the speed of light, Miley Cryus twerks – and – oh yes, we are under a constant, relentless, comprehensive and ruthless cyber bombardment from every possible direction. Some even talk about an imminent Cyber Pearl Harbor. This Friday’s Hacker Hotshot talk with Winn Schwartau and Matthew G Devost will shed some light on:

  • How (or ‘has’) the cyber defense of the U.S. deteriorated in the last 20 years?
  • What are the offensive capabilities of our cyber adversaries?
  • Does the US have the WILL to use cyberweapons to defend ourselves?
  • Should companies be able to offensively respond to cyber attacks?

Quick Bio: Winn Schwartau
We’ve had the honor of having worked with Winn several times in 2012 and, needless for us to say, he’s one of the best out there. DEFCON: The Documentary does a great job at introducing Winn. Winn is an expert on security, privacy, infowar, cyber-terrorism and other security related topics. In 2008, he was voted one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry by Security Magazine. Amongst dozens, if not hundreds of accolades, is also the fact that Winn is founder of InfoWarCon – a security conference that will take place in January 2014.

Quick Bio: Matthew G Devost
Matt G Devost is another heavy-hitter in the InfoSec space. Currently CEO of FusionX, Matt draws on, like Winn, over twenty years of experience in the Information Security industry – with a focus on international security, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection and risk management issues.

Previously Matt was President and CEO of the Terrorism Research Center (from 1996-2008) and has founded or served in key management positions in companies like Total Intelligence Solutions, iSIGHT Partners, Terrorism Research Center, Technical Defense Associates, Security Design International, and iDEFENSE.

In Summary
As stated earlier, we really are knocking Hacker Hotshot web shows out the park these days, and this Friday promises to be one of the major highlights of 2014. We encourage you, in fact, implore you, to register for this event. Ask questions and engage with these global experts. You’ll learn a lot – that much we can promise.

Remember to ask questions either by dropping a comment below or asking us during the actual show itself (there’s a live chat chat box for that).

The really interesting thing about this particular web show is the opportunity we will all have to listen to two experts that were (and are) professionally active in two very different security eras.

Finally, it’s always proper to weave in another Hacker Hotshot we had last year titled: “Hacking as an Act of War!” with G Mark Hardy. If you are one of our aficionados, you know who you are 😉 – then head on over there to get acclimatised to the subject matter. Here’s a quick fact from G Mark’s presentation regarding corporate data: each year it is estimated that the entire volume of the U.S. Library of Congress (equivalent information) is being stolen every year!

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