Fight Cyber-Attacks With Innovative Defenses, Juniper Executive Says
Enterprises should use innovation and passive resistance to stymie cyber-attackers without causing unintended consequences, a Juniper executive argues.SAN FRANCISCO—Security professionals should stop tweeting their outrage concerning the National Security Agency and other attackers who penetrate networks to steal data, and instead do something about the problem, a Juniper executive said in a mid-morning speech at the RSA Conference on Feb. 25. Calling the virtual histrionics of security professionals canceling their appearances at RSA an example of "first-world outrage," Nawaf Bitar, general manager of Juniper Networks' security business unit, called for more productive, yet equally passionate, responses to a variety of security problems facing the industry, businesses and the world's citizens. "Our industry is under attack from all manner of foes: Criminals organizations, corporate thieves, hostile governments, friendly governments," he said. "When we will say, 'Enough is enough'?" Rather than tweeting their concern over the NSA revelations or the compromise of consumer information, security professionals should use innovative ideas to create better ways to empower people online and prevent the predations of attackers, Bitar said. While much of the speech focused on the lessons of history, the security executive connected the ideas to a more aggressive approach to defense, if not actually hacking back against attackers.
"We can no longer remain passive," he said. "It is time for a new type of defense. A type of active defense that disrupts the economics of attacking and challenges convention; an active defense that interferes with the attackers; a type of defense that breaks algorithms; a type of defense that disrupts data collection."