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A New Age in Cyber Security: Public Cyberhealth
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
7/22/2014 | 10:42:25 AM
Re: Blueprint for fighting cyber infections
I totally agree, @Robert. I found the comparison to epidemiology very original and apt with respect to cybersecurity. There has always been a lot of talk about proper security hygiene but using the public health model as an education blueprint makes a lot of sense. 
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
7/22/2014 | 10:02:32 AM
Re: Blueprint for fighting cyber infections
Great Article!

Our biggest problem in this fight is the uneducated user. To use a crude analogy, the user's we have today are by and large akin to the populace prior to germ theory. People don't understand proper digital hygiene, they believe it is ok to click any link and run any program emailed to them. They are completely ok putting their credentials into any site that comes along.

In my opinion, we should treat this as a serious public epidemic and properly educate people of the dangers of the digital landscape. In other words, teach people the value of washing their digital hands and being aware of the cleanliness of others.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
7/21/2014 | 3:23:37 PM
Re: Blueprint for fighting cyber infections
Thanks for those links @BrianFoster. (and sorry about the spam! it's gone now..)
I am definitely going to take a look at the DOJ release and check out the video from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Looks like quite a few heavy hitters on that panel, Taking Down Botnets: Public & Private Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Cybercriminal Networks. 

 




BrianFoster
BrianFoster,
User Rank: Author
7/21/2014 | 3:03:09 PM
Re: Blueprint for fighting cyber infections
It was quite a concerted effort among a number of parties. The DoJ primer, though long, is worth a read, describing the industry cooperation. 

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/June/14-crm-584.html

In addition, at a recent US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on botnet cleanups,
Leslie Caldwell (Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, DoJ)stated that some 30% of the GameOverZeus victims were cleaned up.

   http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/taking-down-botnets_public-and-private-efforts-to-disrupt-and-dismantle-cybercriminal-networks

While it's hard to compare all botnets to each other, in terms of general cleanups, this is twice what one normally sees with simple victim notification.
 
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
7/18/2014 | 10:30:18 AM
Blueprint for fighting cyber infections
Great analogy for a cyber security defense.  Thanks for sharing wiith Dark Reading. Hoping you can tell us a little bit more about how the clean-up operations were coordinated among law enforcement, domain registrars, security vendors, sinkhole operators, and victims. Did DOJ take the lead and how was information shared?


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