Governmental Response to WikiLeaks

By Jim Zierick  |  Posted 2011-01-06 Print this article Print

Governmental response to WikiLeaks

So far, the government's approach has been characteristic of a militaristic response to a national security threat: hunt down the leader, cut off resources and supplies, go after funding and other supporters. This is also the knee-jerk human nature response to a breach: go after the individuals thought to be held responsible for the breach.

The problem is, there will always be more soldiers or staff who will leak information. There will always be more Website hosts, more bank accounts, more financial supporters and more Julians. Even if Julian was captured and the Website shut down, I suspect that Julian has set a precedence that will inspire another to take his place.

The existence of hackers is taken for granted-just a part of the harsh world in which we live. Now the existence of online portals that make it easy for insiders to share privileged information is as well. So, for those of us who aren't involved in trying to put the WikiLeaks founder behind bars, how do we protect our data from being leaked by those who have legitimate access?

Jim Zierick is Executive Vice President of Product Operations at BeyondTrust. Jim is responsible for the development, methodology and process of one of BeyondTrust's solution suites. Jim also leads global initiatives to drive growth and technical thought leadership. Prior to joining BeyondTrust, Jim served as a serial CEO at Nirvanix, LogicalApps and Aspyra. Jim has also held senior positions at Oracle, Peregrine Systems and Hewlett-Packard. He can be reached at

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