Author Archives: Edgard Capdevielle

MoD Secrets Exposed In Data Breaches

Following the news that a recent investigation has revealed that Ministry of Defence secrets were exposed in dozens of breaches of military cyber security policy last year, Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks commented below.

Edgard Capdevielle, CEO at Nozomi Networks:

“Due to the criticality of their services, government networks have become a key target for cyber criminals interested in cyber espionage, cyber warfare, hacktivism and cyber ransom attacks.

Any cyber attack targeting a government entity, especially one against the MoD, could have a serious impact on national security, and it is understandable that the government has declined to confirm or deny an attack, as this could also provide intelligence to attackers.

It is crucial that governments take steps to improve the security of their networks to prevent foreign attackers from gaining access to sensitive information, which could cause a country harm. The current threat landscape is quickly expanding as attackers with various levels of sophistication are more easily finding the tools and tactics needed to be successful and government organizations need to sit up and take action.”

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Pentagon’s Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable

You might have seen the news that the new Government Accountability Office reported that the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar weapons systems are riddled with cybersecurity vulnerabilities. And yet military leaders ignored the problem for years, turning a blind eye to security weaknesses in newly developed systems that could potentially thwart military missions.

Edgard Capdevielle, CEO at Nozomi Networks:

“It’s not entirely surprising that military leaders turned a blind eye to security weaknesses within the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar weapons systems; however, it does demonstrate the pervasive attitude that overlooks the real dangers of not building cybersecurity in from the beginning. Addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities after the fact is a monumental task, so it’s unfortunate that the military failed to take action despite continued warnings from the Government Accountability Office.

“The recent report from the government watchdog shows that attackers could have exploited these weaknesses quite easily – and wouldn’t have needed sophisticated tools to do so. This is a reality that we’re seeing more and more of – that attackers nowadays no longer need the resources or skill of a nation-state to pull off a successful attack. The current threat landscape is quickly expanding as attackers with various levels of sophistication are more easily finding the tools and tactics needed to be successful and government organisations need to sit up and take action.”

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