Cyber Security Quote to Note: Seeing Is Important

April 28, 2021

I read a Washington Post article with a somewhat misleading title. The main point of the write up is that the US Department of Defense began using a large block of IP addresses in January 2021. These reason for the shift from dormant holding to active use of the Internet addresses related to cyber security. That’s the explanation in the write up. In the news story there was an important statement attributed to an anonymous source (a very popular way to report “real” news). Here’s the quote:

If you can’t see it, you can’t defend it.

In my opinion this is accurate. The statement underscores what I have commented upon in this blog and in my DarkCyber bimonthly video program DarkCyber. The SolarWinds and more recent security missteps have been missed by the commercial and governmental systems designed to spot cyber attacks and malware.

Having more traffic to monitor is a good thing. The problem is what I call the 21st century horse and barn situation. Here it is again:

Barn burned. Horses gone. Globus (Russia) retail space constructed where the hay used to be stored.

Better late than never? Yeah, sure.

Stephen E Arnold, April 28, 2021


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