Cyber Security misconceptions... at the highest level

Filed Under: SophosLabs

It is such a shame to see even the folks in charge of managing cyber security defenses peddling the senseless advice that you have to be a malicious hacker in order to understand malware.

It appears the newly appointed Cyber Security minister of the UK, Lord West, has

... recruited a team of former hackers for its new Cyber Security Operations Centre.

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They had not employed any "ultra, ultra criminals" but needed the expertise of former "naughty boys," he added.

This is precisely the type of misconception that gets all the cynics asking me if I actually write the malware our products defend against.

"You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff... If they have been slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other naughty boys," he said.

Hrm... immature teenagers into writing slightly naughty malware. Yes, this is definitely who I want protecting my government's "vital computer systems".

No wonder skepticism lingers with the public about the AV industry.

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