Monday, August 29, 2016

The impact of Stuxnet

I’ve always had a fascination for the change cyber security is bringing and how little people appreciate the challenges and dangers it provides. One of these major changes of late has been the Stuxnet program and how it now seems evident that we are at the of a new age of cyber warfare.

If you have any interest in cyber security or the changing face of the digital world that we live in I’d highly recommend you take a look at the above documentary:

Zero Days – Stuxnet and the Iran Nuclear Program

It provides a really good in depth examination of what Stuxnet is and how it has impacted us far beyond its original mandate.

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

I’d also commend to you the book:

Countdown to Zero Day

which also covers a lot of the same material.

Ultimately, I still firmly believe that technology will doom us all as I see more and more of our lives being placed in critical but effectively insecure systems all being tied together. This growing interdependency means a failure of one part of the system potentially leads to a catastrophic failure of the complete system.

Yes, technology is amazing and yes technology can help us solve many problems, but when these solution create additional vulnerabilities is the cure worse than the cause? All I can say is make sure you have your contingencies in place and always be sceptical of technology. Trust but verify as they say.

The ramifications of Stuxnet go far beyond the job it was designed to do Seeing the movie and reading the book will help you understand that Pandora’s box has now been opened.