I know this sounds horrible to say, but there's a part of me which is almost glad to see some of this stuff happening. Not the beef industry
particularly, mind you, but just in general. I will explain.
Personally, I don't think there is some grand "greeny" conspiracy out there. That's not what's going on. It's just that the people who tend to be
hackers also tend to be radicals, so it stands to reason their targets will be things they oppose politically. Maybe there's a grander conspiracy,
but if there is I doubt it originates inside this country. Anyway, that's a topic for a different thread I guess. Back to my explanation...
I work in the sector. And, I know the vulnerabilities. Most people would be utterly astonished if they knew how the "real" game is played. It is so
far different from what people imagine it's almost laughable. InfoSec is like a Vegas game; sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. There's no
absolute one "right" way. Truly 'perfect' and bulletproof security can only be achieved by mashing the "Power" button on your computer, phone or
other connected devices, and then unplugging them and removing any batteries. That's the unfortunate reality of it.
InfoSec is an almost impossibly delicate balance on a truly razor thin edge between production and better security. Oh sure, virus/malware protection
companies tell people they're bulletproof, but they're not, far from it actually. On the one hand you can implement security which is so good it
paralyzes an organization, or so weak it leaves it wide open to attack. Somewhere in the middle lies the right balance. Herein lies the Vegas part
of the equation. Security is like an odds game. You implement the most security where your biggest risks or threats are, and lesser security where
the risks are less. If the balance of risk suddenly shifts then an organization is vulnerable. If they react fast enough then nothing happens, but
people fail to understand just how vast the playing field is. Reacting fast enough is not as easy as it sounds. It's a very complex field, and the
threats are almost too numerous to count...and those are just the ones you know of! Then there's all the threats you don't even know of yet, and you
have to be postured to react to those too.
So, why am I 'almost glad' to see these things happening? Well, even though I work in the sector, I personally believe we have collectively put too
much stock (i.e. trust) in electronic systems...way too much. We're now at a point where people are forced to have blind trust in an industry where
there should be none. There is an expectation there will always be a safety net, and that safety net doesn't exist. It just doesn't.
In the old days there always used to be a paper copy in a file somewhere. Today, oftentimes this no longer exists. There was a gold bar to back up
every dollar. In short, there was a path back to the foundation of every process, and a manual process which could take its place in a crisis. This
path no longer exists, and it should. We should never put so much trust in electronic systems that we simply cannot survive without them...and that's
where we are right now.
Just 10 short years ago no computer would have ever paralyzed the beef industry. Would have never happened! Too many manual processes were still in
place. Just 20 years ago no computer would have paralyzed the movement of oil from point 'A' to point 'B'. But all these things HAVE happened now,
and people just throw their hands up and wonder how we got here. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate what things really NEED to be "connected", and what
things maybe don't benefit from it.
Trust me, it really CAN be worse!! MUCH, MUCH, worse....and it WILL be soon enough, IF...WE...LET...IT![
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