nternational cyber threat initiatives are in danger of becoming overblown, the US government’s security chief told the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
” Cyber war is a terrible metaphor,” said the US government’s cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt. Don’t make it something it’s not.” Internet attacks from hackers, spies and terrorist groups deserves serious attention, he said, but this should not be “to the extent of mass hysteria”.
Cyber-war hype is a distraction
Other thinkers seemed agreed on this. Bruce Schneier, security chief at the BT Group, said that this mass hysteria is being stoked up by government initiatives creating the impression of a “cyber arms race”. He does not believe that a cyber war is raging but that heavy-handed responses to issues such as the Stuxnet attacks are creating that impression.