McAfee, an anti-virus company has concluded in its Fifth Annual Virtual Criminology report that the world is arming for a cyber-war and that some defensive measures should be prepared and implemented.
David Dewalt, McAfee president and CEO, said that nations all over the world are gearing up for a cyber war and that everyone must adapt to these threats.
The report which has comments from various governments and private sector security experts, looks into a host of longstanding cybersecurity problems, ranging from reflexive information sharing problems that inhibit prosecution and threat mitigation to the difficulty that nations face in calibrating responses to cyber attacks.
Meanwhile the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, during a hearing on "Preventing Terrorist Attacks, Countering Cyber Intrusions, and Protecting Privacy in Cyberspace," has admitted that criminal and terrorist organisations attack vital U.S systems everyday to steal important information and divert funds to support their activities.
Philip Reitinger, Deputy Under Secretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security commented that the need to protect the systems and respond to these attacks is important as these attacks directly affect the nation’s economic growth and security.
However, there is no established definition of cyber war according to the report which also says that the private sector is likely to get caught between any cyber wars that may take place between nations.