New Book: Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Richard Clarke, an ex-presidential advisor has released a new book called, “Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It”. Here is an excerpt from the book from networkworld.

“Cyber war is not some victimless, clean, new kind of war that we should embrace. Nor is it some kind of secret weapon that we need to keep hidden from the daylight and from the public. For it is the public, the civilian population of the United States and the privately owned corporations that own and run our key national systems, that are likely to suffer in a cyber war.”

This is an interesting view of cyber war. If power does go down, or communication halted, the military would be okay. But as Mr. Clarke mentioned, it would be businesses, hospitals, and citizens who would bear the brunt of the load.

Everyone needs to do their part in securing their part of the digital border, this includes small businesses and even home users. Make sure your systems have firewall protection, current security updates installed and current virus protection.


2 thoughts on “New Book: Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It”

  1. Hello Mr. Dieterle,

    I was wondering what you think of the Microsoft Security Essentials and how it compares to some of the free version anti-virus platforms like Avast. I can’t seem to get a consensus from my networking and security compatriots as to which is better for your average, none-too-technical home user. If neither, what type of basic security set should said average users have on their home PC and laptops?
    After perusing your outstanding blog for some time now, I thought your opinion would be most insightful.

    1. Philo,

      Thank you so much for your comment. To be completely honest, I have not used Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast. I looked around and found that some reviews say that Microsoft Security Essentials does not do as good a job at stopping threats as some of the other free anti-viruses. According to PC Magazine, Microsoft Security Essentials has “Poor protection against keyloggers, rootkits, and scareware. Just average protection against general malware. In testing, sometimes erroneously reported successful malware removal or blocking.”

      PCMag said that the Avast had a new scanning engine and was a pretty good malware remover, but takes a long time to scan and sometimes does not remove the virus.

      My personal favorite is PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. I was turned on to PC Tools Spyware Doctor when we had some corporate machines protected by a big name anti-virus that got infected. The big-name anti-virus could not remove the viruses. I ran PC Tools and it detected and removed the viruses very cleanly. I have recommended it since. It is not free, but also it is not too pricey. I have found that on a broadband connection to the internet, if you have a firewall router (I always prefer a hardware router over a software based one), keep up to date on your security updates and have PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus installed, it does a very good job.

      It has also won the PC Mag editors choice for virus protection the last two years in a row. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks again for your comment.


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