Shockingly Unshocking: 'Cybersecurity' FUD Has Been Big Big Business For Contractors

from the well,-look-at-that dept

Back when this hype about "cybersecurity" and "cyberwar" first started to hit the mainstream (early on, "cyberwar" was more common, but lately people focus on "cybersecurity"), we had an article which suggested that much of this really seemed to be about scaring up a panic for the sake of throwing money at defense contractors who wanted to charge crazy huge sums for "helping" with cybersecurity. And, as we noted, that push was leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts. It appears that, with cybersecurity FUD only getting bigger and bigger, the folks who are making out like bandits are all those defense contractors who are jumping in to fan the flames of FUD... and then taking our taxpayer money to "fix" the problem.

In that link above, they talk about Lockheed and Raytheon signing agreements with Homeland Security in which they get to "help" the government out by scanning email and other info collected by the NSA.
Under the program, critical infrastructure companies will pay the providers, which will use the classified information to block attacks before they reach the customers. The classified information involves suspect Web addresses, strings of characters, email sender names and the like.
None of this necessarily means that online attacks aren't a real threat... but I'd feel a lot more comfortable about where things were heading if there weren't a whole bunch of defense contractors gleefully rubbing their hands together as they scoop up more and more contracts while the FUD keeps spreading.

Filed Under: business, cybersecurity, defense contractors, fud


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    special-interesting (profile), 28 Mar 2013 @ 12:38am

    FUD has been normal operations for as long as I can remember. The entire Cold War was FUD as the Russians never at any time were a credible military threat despite all their nuclear missiles. We had them nailed and knew what they were doing at every moment with vastly superior high altitude reconnaissance (the U2, SR-71 Blackbird and eventually satellites).

    Yet the Air Force constantly begged for and got more nuclear missiles plus a (really) nasty plutonium based nuclear energy program to go with it. Thorium is arguably safer and its potential breeder reactors don't produce bomb grade material. Massive overkill.

    So now we have cyber threats and cyber security from cyber warfare. As if anyone had to actually use an almost meaningless movie/Hollywood (Dr Who! Yes.) term for marketing purposes. The only threat I feel is from the gullible Washington politicians able to swallow the FUD whole. Am sure the special interest money lozenge helped it go down easier.

    Its not hundreds of millions its way past billions and to what effect? None. Spamhaus is arguably doing a better job than the entire US government despite the recent tassel with Cyberbunker spammers.

    In no way do I think US government will be able to guard any house or corporation from china or whoever wants to attack. Happens all the time and its the best way to get security to a level that works for all. A lot of it was lax open un-updated browsers anyway.

    Were the rumors true that some US gov back-doors were used? Hahaha. If so, I bet both sides actually thought they were clever. Making something secure (good) is harder than breaking it. Some 12 year olds could have done that and probably someone of equal age that pointed out the security leak. (To be thrown in jail by CFAA TOS violations of course.)

    Its a shame that people like Weev (whatever anyone thinks of him) are kicked around with the CFAA and actually helping ignorance instead of working with the smarter hackers who know what they are doing.

    What has the government been doing except trying to enforce the completely unenforceable copyright laws at the behest of Hollywood? Meddling is more like it. A drain on the economy and of no benefit to society at all. Please toss off the old legacy corporate monopolies and embrace technology and how it can help society grow through cultural sharing.

    What cyberpublic-domain expansion plans does washington have to increase the media material for the public to build cool web aps and specialized sites? What cyber-copyright reduction plans to reduce the civil and criminal liability to the public at large of the casual Fair Use of media? (or of even just using the media itself? FCOLoud) How about a Cyber-Cultral revival plan? How about some cyber diapers to keep in all the cyber bullying?

    -toss another 2 page rant- (no theme)

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