September 28, 2016

Cyber-attack of 9/11 Scale Likely in Near Future

Organisations should prepare for the possibility of a global cyber-attack has warned HP chief executive Meg Whitman. Speaking at a HP customer event in London, Whitman said that she believes a “cyber-attack of 9/11 scale” is likely to take place in the near future. With promises to be on hand when such an attack does occur, the CEO’s comments come at a time when HP is trying to position itself as a leader in the security market.

“We will darken the skies with our agenda to help organisations,” she said.

Last year HP established an enterprise security business unit based around its Security Intelligence and Risk Management (SIRM) platform. SIRM is based on tools like ArcSight, Fortify, and TippingPoint.

“To protect organizations against a wide range of attacks, HP has established a global network of security researchers who look for vulnerabilities that were not publicly disclosed,” said Michael Callahan, in a recent security related press release. “The intelligence gained from this research group is built into HP enterprise security solutions in an effort to proactively reduce risk.”

Meg Whitman is not alone in her opinion. “We haven’t had a significant terrorism cyber related attack in this country, but that’s not to say that we are not preparing for that potential,” said Ralph Boelter, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at a recent conference. He was joined by Gordon Snow, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division who added that the most likely targets of future cybercrimes will be first responders, public infrastructures, iPads, and smartphones.

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