Perhaps because more higher impact incidents are making the media these days. Perhaps
there is an actual increase in threat actors, their activities, or the effectiveness of their
activities. Perhaps the defenses have been spread too thin, perhaps … oh heck, perhaps all
sorts of things. I know that in my career, I have been aware of many attach activities and
successful actions by threat actors against corporate, government, and other interests that
never got to the media, and of course another possibility is that we are seeing more reporting
of what was already happening. Or perhaps the things now being done are harder to conceal
because of the obvious nature of the consequences being realized.
My notional hypothesis about this
I think there may actually be a substantial increase in the quality and quantity of attacks
underway, and that this may be related to Russia’s increasing desire to do harm to the world
in order to fight off the arms and expertise being provided to Ukraine. I notion that they may
be conveying the thought to worldwide governments and/or their citizenry, either directly,
through back channels, or as part of an influence operation, that we have a lot to lose and
they are willing to take it.
I also think we are seeing more and more readily apparent attacks taking place with greater
and more obvious effects.
Of course I may be completely wrong about this...
But nevertheless, I see increasing activity reaching my infrastructures and attempting to
exploit various weaknesses that may or may not exist in specific systems we operate. So I
think it is a real signal.
But really, the problem is we don’t have a good way to measure this
If we did, we would actually know that something was going on, and possibly even what it
was. Of course folks at the CISA, FBI, Secret Service, and other government agencies might
know and be unable to tell us without harming their ability to know. And they have been
surprisingly open about things they have found of late, which may indicate their desire to keep
us better informed.
Here we are. The defenders of cyberspace. And yet we aren’t really sharing the information
required to gain clarity around what is happening. And that makes decision-making less
certain, which makes our ability to manage risks even less effective than it would otherwise
be because of the other limitations we have. I think we should be sharing more and doing so
more openly and transparently. Yes – I know – admitting weakness is hard to do. However…
We don’t actually have a good way to measure what is taking place because we have no
required reporting or standards of measurement. Maybe we need the government involved?