And then there is fact that with computers the worst thing that can happen- to the computer that is- is that you have to restore from backup and maybe lose some data. If someone decides that it's cute to DoS Yahoo and CNN or tag the front page of the New York Times people can't read news or whatever for a little while, but a couple of days later everything is fine. Even if someone was able to disable an electric company's power grid for a little while, while the immediate effect may be devastating the effect would only be temporary. But buildings can't be brought back from tape.
So, if I am to attempt to bring this all to some sort of conclusion, I do think that there is certainly a risk of 'Cyber Terrorism' (or whichever name is in fasion today), but I don't think that addressing the threat is nearly as complex as addressing the threat to the physical infrastructure of our country. Nor do I feel that the effects could be as substantial.
What are your future plans? Any exciting new projects?
I've found that my definition of exciting can be drastically different from that of others, but I do have a few ideas. I'd like to move into more of an R&D role and away from the penetration testing. Believe it or not, breaking into computers can get boring after a while. More and more I find myself excited by theory rather than what new vulnerabilities exist in what software. I've always said that you have to know offense to play defense, but the offense has always been more exciting to me :). So the stuff I'm working on now is more in the offensive arena, particularly with regards to attacking web-based applications. In 5 years that's pretty much all there will be, and finding out now how web services are broken is extremely important. I do have some ideas for defensive projects, but they are all at the hardware level so I'll need TrustWave to kick down a couple more R&D dollars before I can proceed :).
My immediate plans, however, are to go lie on the couch with my brand new wife and take a nap.
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