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||the cacophonous noise of the whole damn thing
Robert M. Lee:
Accurate information sharing is important for developing the appropriate case-studies and lessons learned to drive better defenses and resource investments.
The FBI said it was sending the alert again because of concerns that not all companies had received it the first time. Apparently, some of their email filters weren't configured to let the FBI message through.
Finding it increasingly impossible to recognize and affectively react only to the articulations of each missive, I respond instead to the cacophonous noise of the whole damn thing. That noise is now constant, while its volume ebbs and flows with the rhythms of the work year. As the only constant, email becomes an end in itself. Email never goes away. Email is an asshole.
Once I send an email, I can do nothing further until someone sends an email back, and thus in a sense, sending that email became a task in itself, a task now completed. More and more it is just a game of hot potato with everyone supposedly moving the task forward by getting it off their desk and onto someone else's, via email.
I commend our law enforcement and intelligence professionals for disrupting so many plots recently, but we cannot rely on our defenses alone.
Jim Lewis, an advisor to the U.S. government on cybersecurity issues and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there are limitations to cyber offense.
The reality is that cybersecurity is a corrupt industry that needs bad guys to stay lucrative. Major security technology vendors are running a billion dollar con by selling software that they know won't work.
Keep Fear Alive. Keep it alive.
A ransomware culture ... does not feel very far off ...