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Business Ramifications of the Internet's Unclean Conflicts - Rockie Brockway Bsides Cleveland 2012 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Business Ramifications of the Internet's Unclean Conflicts - Rockie Brockway

The last official declaration of war was signed in 1942, yet we have heavily invested ourselves in many major conflicts since, from Korea and Vietnam to Grenada and Somalia to Afghanistan and Iraq. Most of these "unclean conflicts" have suffered significantly in many ways, from popularity and political capital issues to loss of clout and global leadership. Following the breakup of the USSR , our technological innovations and superiority have bred a culture that scoffs and the thought of anyone seriously engaging our military in open, clean conflict. This mentality, to a very high degree, has filtered itself into the DNA of our industrial and corporate business infrastructure, defining how we expect the rest of the world to act and conduct business. The internet is finally showing us what it can really do, and what that is, we as a nation, and therefore our dominant and innovative business leaders, are completely unprepared for. For the rest of the world, there is absolutely zero need for any semblance of any official clean conflicts, when the internet makes it so easy to conceal outright theft of data, be it millions of credit card numbers and passwords for profit or the theft of industrial intellectual property from a government contractor that thereby cuts a foreign adversary's developmental gap for sophisticated weaponry by years. Should that be considered an act of war? Should targeted malware? So, as a country who generally views things in black and white, yet has significant expertise in the unclean conflict, why are we losing this new unclean conflict, and how can we adapt accordingly?


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