|A REPORT OF A SEMINAR ON NETWORK SECURITY
REPORTED BY: ZAHEER UDDIN BUTT
Riyadh, 4th March, 2001 - The Information Technology
Matrix a Saudi Based Internet and Network Security consultant organization, conducted a
seminar describing the implications of Cyber War. Representatives of leading private
sector and government institutions, including Banks, ISPs and education sector attended
Mirza Asrar Baig the CEO of IT
Matrix emphasized on the fact that though reaping the benefits of connecting to internet
is very luring, the Saudi organizations should not overlook the venerability side of the
same " Anyone connected to the Internet, like it or not has the potential to be
directly involved in a Cyber War". Said Baig.
He went on to describe the three forms of Cyber War. Starting Propaganda &
Disinformation followed by semi Professional disruptive attacks leading to a full
professional Cyber War.
Just imagine if a major city in
the Kingdom came under a coordinated cyber attack, well in advance Trojans can be placed
in mission critical Networks through out the City. Communication ports would be opened in
Server Mode, Ready to serve the remote attacker's commands. They can bring down emergency
response systems. Financial systems would be paralyzed, communication systems would be
compromised. Transportation system could be crippled. Even the attackers can disrupt the
power grid, this is not the stuff from science fiction" he went on to say that the
western nations have been preparing for such Cyber warfare for over two decades.
Dr. Eyas Al-Hajrey was at the
Seminar as the special guest speaker. His presence was significant as he is the head of
Information Security Center at KACST (King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology).
Dr. Eyas appreciated the efforts of IT Matrix in creating the awareness of Security issues
for the Saudi Organizations.
He particularly stressed to the audience on the importance of taking security as a process
and making sure to have an appropriate security policy, he replied by clarifying that
KACST is just a transient provider and is very keen in assuring that local organizations
take security seriously. "The role of KACST is to create awareness, He
explained". For that KAXST has just recently launched a Web site www.netsec.org.sa,
the responsibility to adequately securing the network of an organization is totally on
Mirza urged all Private and
Government organizations to make a comprehensive list of vulnerabilities in a Cyber
attack, as well as re-do the Network designing with emphasis on Security. Training,
awareness and response procedures would be the key in minimizing the damage.
Many organizations have security in place and think that they are protected, but that is a
False Sense of Security. Lack of understanding of security as a process of 24x7x365 would
eventually lead to security breaches, even for organization that may have spent Millions
on Security Gadgets.
A simple scan of Saudi Network shows that good
number of servers is announcing their presence for potential Hackers. The structure of
Internet enables one with very low resources & adequate knowledge to play havoc to
multiple networks simultaneously.
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