It has been a very busy couple of months in the world of network breaches and incident response! The news has reported on a very complex and large attack against U.S. Bank JPMorgan. Most recently, retail giant Home Depot has been the victim of a breach that various news sources are saying could be larger than the Target breach. Once under the radar events that were only important to network security and IT professionals, network breaches are now seen and felt by tens of millions of consumers.
While cyber-attacks against Federal entities like the Department of Defense and the White House have been occurring for years, recently the target list has expanded to include corporations. This has in turn led to large amounts of intellectual property being compromised. The attackers have even begun targeting research and technological advancements under development at educational institutes. To combat this, the Defense Industrial Base joined together in 2011 and started sharing information to better protect themselves from these threats.
In 2008, we saw cyber-attacks used as a critical part of the war between Russia and Georgia. This was one of the first times the world saw a nation-state opening up a cyber-front in a physical war. Since then cyber-attacks occurring between feuding nations have become commonplace. While these cyber-attacks do not put the average citizen at risk for physical injury, they are none the less still becoming collateral damage on the front lines.