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networks. As industry, we need to be concerned with
the social and human factors as well as attribution.
Our customers must balance risk management and
be able to operate through attacks. To understand the
nature and seriousness of the threat, it’s important to
understand the adversary motivations, which range
from cyber crime and nation state-sponsored activity,
to ‘hactivism’, terrorism and even sport. Today’s
cyber threat is not a temporary problem, but rather
a logical and inevitable outgrowth of advancing
technology that is constantly evolving. This means
that the opportunities are endless for innovative and
responsive cyber solutions. The challenges Boeing has
securing information are very similar to those that our
customers face. However, from these challenges come
inherent capabilities and an innate understanding of
the challenges of the cyber environment. Building on
how we operate our own global network presence, we
offer our customers a credible solution.
Cybersecurity was not considered when the
Internet was originally built and we are living with the
consequences of that today. Most of us live more like
digital nomads, using our smart phones, tablets and
laptops to take our work everywhere we go. The world
has clearly evolved, and so has Boeing’s approach to
information security. In talking with our commercial and
government customers, we identified six macro trends
impacting their operations:
consumerisation of IT,
persistent and asymmetric security threats,
government effectiveness and efficiency,
rapid adoption of mobility,
and a shift in business models.
These trends are directly affected by the cyber
threat – they are transforming the way we do business,
and have impacts far beyond information security.
Boeing has always been in the business of
connecting and protecting people, places and
information. The cyber business is an extension of
that mission. Our experience developing, deploying
and defending complex systems for our customers, as
well as protecting our own global network, provides
a unique understanding of the challenge. If there is
one thing we know, though, it’s that nobody has all
the answers. For that reason, we are engaged with
our customers and our partners to bring the best
people, processes and technology to the cyber arena.
In line with our customers’ needs, we’ve developed
capabilities that deliver secure applications, mobile
environments and infrastructure. For example, in
April we announced a partnership with root9B, a
Colorado-based training and consulting firm, aimed
at providing hands-on training for the next generation
of cyber warriors. This type of partnership allows
us to work closely with customers to understand
operational challenges, identify threats and deliver
effective solutions. Since the cyber world is constantly
evolving, we look at it as a capability-driven space. We
also recognized that what we develop today won’t
be sufficient to defend against future attacks so we
are utilising our experience in rapid prototyping and
continuous innovation to ensure our capabilities remain
effective in this dynamic environment.
Boeing’s experience extends from US to
international governments, encompassing critical
infrastructures and large enterprises. For example,
we have partnered with Sojitz Corporation in Japan
to deliver our high-end cybersecurity and analytics
capabilities with a focus on both government and
private sector customers. Protecting networks requires
attention to security details in all aspects, to include
protecting an organisation’s security methods, as well
as the people who support it’s cybersecurity needs.
Continued growth in this market is a priority and we
are constantly looking for new ways to innovate and
partner with organisations to address current and
future cybersecurity threats.
Boeing’s footprint in Australia is the largest outside
of the United States with an enduring presence
that dates back more than 85 years with wholly-
owned subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia, one
of the largest ICT suppliers to Australian Defence,
information, security and intelligence organisations.
This presence allows us to explore opportunities within
the cyber market, including establishing the Electronic
and Information System suite of products, capabilities
and services to best serve Australian environment.
It used to be said that Australia was a nation girt by
sea; a country isolated from the world’s immediate
dangers. Today, however, advancements in technology
have extended a myriad of common threats across
national borders. This fast paced and interconnected
world has become increasingly oblivious to regional
variations, and has impacted the way we do business
on a national level.
These modern technological innovations have meant
that just as the consumer and corporate space has
become linked through an increase in consumerisation
and mobility, so too has the government and private
sectors of the economy.
This is particularly important for companies as IT
network connections become our modern day trading
routes. Like the Silk Road of the past, the Asia Pacific
economic circle is again at the heart of today’s digital
trading route. It is then perhaps not surprising that
targeted cyber attacks against companies serve as
some of the most common threats to commercial and
governmental organisations in our region.
Accordingly, understanding the nature and
seriousness of these threats require countries in
the region to examine closely the cyber security
imperative, which has become an essential element of
our information age.
A decade ago, Kaspersky Lab reported the
discovery of Cabir – the first ever worm designed to
attack mobile phones. Unlike most modern malware
samples, Cabir wasn’t equipped with a wide range of
malicious functions. Instead, it made history by merely
proving that it was possible to infect mobile phones.
The landscape today is radically different.
Contemporary attacks are far more complex, with
extremely sophisticated cyber-espionage campaigns
targeting key commercial sectors of the economy, as
well as government organisations across the globe.
Through anti-threat intelligence, research and
innovation, Kaspersky Lab has been at the forefront of
recent discoveries and analysis, helping dissect some
of the most sophisticated threats the cyber world has
Despite the uncertainty surrounding attribution, the
level of operational security involved in some of these
Advanced Persistent Threats point to an involvement
of nation-state sponsored campaigns.
The increase in the prevalence of targeted attacks,
both in volume and in types of organisations being
targeted, comes at a time when high-profile targeted
attacks are being uncovered at an alarming pace.
Kaspersky Lab’s recent analysis of the Icefog
targeted attack campaign, which focused on
military, telecommunications, shipping and research
organisations centering on the Asia-Pacific region, is
a case in point.
These security implications arising from innovations
in IT technologies have prompted Australia to adopt,
through amendments to the Privacy Act, a statutory
cause of action against breaches involving the
disclosure of an individual’s personal information.
These new regulatory powers within the law have a
very serious impact on how companies must handle
their electronic communications and data.
On pain of serious sanction, protection against
data breaches which expose the private information of
individuals is no longer a self-regulatory feature within
Australia. Instead, the law requires companies to adopt
stringent security requirements and to reflect these in
their network security policies.
Considering the changing security landscape, which
is becoming more complex, Kaspersky Lab works
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