DeepSec 2012 Talk: The Interim Years of Cyberspace – Security in a Domain of Warfare

René Pfeiffer/ October 6, 2012/ Conference

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, officially that is, welcome to the fifth domain! As with space and other environments, the networked world has been discovered by various forces and groups for their advantage. The past years have shown that whatever happens in Cyberspace, doesn’t always stay in Cyberspace. It’s not always about the DDoS attacks, which have been blown out of proportion, but it’s about malicious software, reconnaissance, information extraction and other aspects which are less spectacular (watching less television helps to restore the perspective to normal). We’d like to set your perspective right and recommend listening to Robert M. Lee’s presentation about the Interim Years of Cyberspace.

His talk focuses on the bigger picture in an effort to add a different view to the discussions taking place at DeepSec. The cyberspace domain is one that nations and companies are quickly trying to secure as well as militarize yet it encompasses users all around the globe.  Thus it is a domain for everyone to take part in.  This presentation makes the case that the cyberspace domain is currently in its interim years akin to the interim years of the aerial domain between World War I and World War II. It is in this period that people must get involved in the domain to guide the debates, doctrine, and education that will secure its
place in history. The presentation will compare the current state of cyberspace to that of the interim years of airpower and make the case that security professionals and hackers alike must adapt and take part
in a rapidly evolving environment.

We strongly recommend attending this talk and to reflect on the analogy presented by Robert M. Lee. Of course you will have plenty of opportunities to follow-up on the topic in discussions at the conference.

Share this Post

About René Pfeiffer

System administrator, lecturer, hacker, security consultant, technical writer and DeepSec organisation team member. Has done some particle physics, too. Prefers encrypted messages for the sake of admiring the mathematical algorithms at work.