The Virtual Criminology Report includes insights from more than two dozen of the world's leading experts in international relations, including Dr. Jamie Saunders, counselor at the British Embassy in
The report for the first time provides a model to define cyberwar, identifies the countries involved in developing cyberoffenses and cyberdefenses, dissects examples of politically-motivated cyberattacks and reveals how the private sector will get caught in the crossfire. Government disclosure is also a major issue, as cyber initiatives and information are often classified by the government, hindering cybercrime defense in the public and private sector.
This year's report identifies the following challenges: Cyberwarfare is a Reality - Over the past year, the increase in politically motivated cyberattacks has raised alarm and caution, with targets including the White House, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and Department of Defense in the
"Over the next 20 to 30 years, cyberattacks will increasingly become a component of war," William Crowell, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Security Agency, is quoted as saying in the Virtual Criminology Report. "What I can't foresee is whether networks will be so pervasive and unprotected that cyber war operations will stand alone."
The McAfee Virtual Criminology Report 2009 is available for download to Security Magazine Bloggers at http://resources.mcafee.com/content/NACriminologyReport2009NF