U.S. and British authorities want better cyber security

Anyone that follows the tech and online world knows that the number of hacking attacks have greatly increased over the last year. The type of attack has changed from mass spam type messages looking for anyone to fall victim to attacks that are specifically targeted at a single site or group of users. 

The attacks have been perpetrated against states, companies, and even the Federal government in the United States. Some of the attacks have driven government websites offline and many have resulted in the theft of data. Top U.S. officials are calling for greater collaboration between nation states in the defense and fight against cyber warfare. 

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is warning that nations are having a hard time coping with cyber attacks. Napolitano said, "Most countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is such a new phenomenon in that regard so the legal systems – both domestic and international – have not kept pace with the technological advances we have seen."

Napolitano says that not only do countries need to accelerate their own security protocols, but they also need to accelerate their ability to cooperate. "I would have to say that we are still at the nascent stage. There is no comprehensive international framework," she said.

British defense secretary Dr. Liam Fox said that Britain is under constant attack and that last year 1,000 potentially serious offensives against Britain were foiled. Fox is calling for a "toolbox" of weapons that can be used to complement the existing defenses Britain has deployed. The GAO has called for the Pentagon to increase training for cyber defense as well.

EweekEurope reports that a security report from Cisco that was published recently wound that the targeted personalized attacks against websites and groups are far more financially lucrative for the hackers. This is cited as the reason why spam levels are falling and hacking attacks are growing.

Nick Edwards, Director of Cisco's Security Technology Business Unit said, "Personalised and targeted attacks that focus on gaining access to more lucrative corporate bank accounts and valuable intellectual property are on the rise. Law enforcement efforts are making mass spam attacks less appealing to cybercriminals, who are thus spending more time and effort focusing on different types of spearphishing and targeted attacks."

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