Recent Cyber Attacks Show Increased Nation State Activity, Says Former NSA Director

Recent Cyber Attacks Show Increased Nation State Activity, Says Former NSA Director

Posted March 23, 2021

Recent Cyber Attacks Show Increased Nation State Activity, Says Former NSA Director

  • Cyber attacks launched by nation states are becoming more proficient and more aggressive. This was the message from Admiral (ret.) Michael S. Rogers.
  • “We went through a period between about 2011 and 2017, during which nation states increased levels of activity. This includes the NotPetya hits in the summer of 2017, probably the largest global event we’ve ever seen. And after that, given its repercussions, there seems to have been a bit of a step back.”
  • “You’re seeing criminal groups share tools, and you’re seeing the lines between nation state and criminal group blur a little bit. The Russians in particular, often tend to use criminal groups to engage in state-associated activity. This proliferation of tools is creating a challenging environment.”
  • Regarding WFH – “We’re not all sitting behind a central security stack right now. Now we’re dispersed,” he explained. “We’ve blurred the lines between what is ‘business infrastructure’ and what is ‘personal infrastructure’. The bottom line is the attack surface is just proliferated as a result.”

| March 23, 2021