In early March, Wikileaks pushed a huge trove of government secrets into the public domain. It was dubbed Vault 7 and, consisting of more than 8,700 Central Intelligence Agency documents, was described in news reports as the biggest such leak in the spy agency’s history.
However, nobody disputes another implication of the leaks: that cyberwarfare is intensifying and that private citizens and corporations are in the line of fire. James Lee, chief marketing officer of application security firm Waratek, put it this way.
“The release of an entire library of previously unknown attack vectors means that under resourced and overworked application (and network) security teams must prepare for the inevitable – tools intended for government intelligence being directed at businesses of all sizes.”
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The Futurist, Jeffrey Kutler is editor-in-chief of Risk Professional magazine, published by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.