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Dark Reading Radio: The Winners & Losers of Botnet Takedowns

Our guests are Cheri McGuire, VP of global government affairs and cyber security policy for Symantec, and Craig D. Spiezle, executive director and founder of the Online Trust Alliance.

The international public-private efforts to bring down the GameoverZeuS and Citadel botnets get points for taking a whack at the players in the black market, but lose points for catching some legitimate businesses in the crossfire. What does the final scorecard look like? That was the topic of discussion for our latest Dark Reading Radio broadcast, "Botnet Takedowns: Who's Winning, Who's Losing."

Last week a Senate Judicial Committee hearing was held to discuss these recent efforts to take down botnets. Today we'll pick the brains of two of the panelists at that hearing: Craig D. Spiezle, executive director and founder of the Online Trust Alliance, and Cheri McGuire, vice president of global government affairs and cyber security policy for Symantec.

They'll share their insights about some of this issue's knotty questions. How can we achieve the maximum botnet disruption with the minimum collateral damage? What can legislators, technologists, law enforcement, and security professionals do to earn the good guys a winning record?

Have any questions or comments? Let me know in the comments below. The broadcast is still available in our archives. Listen and register now.

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio
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