Hybrid War: ‘It’s Going To Get A Lot Worse’

  • Academic John Walker On Leveraging OSINT Tools In War

By Anna Delaney (annamadeline) • May 11, 2022   

Russia’s use of wiper malware, DDoS attacks and targeted disinformation show it no longer depends on traditional methods in its war with Ukraine. John Walker, a professor and counterintelligence expert, says organizations need to be “more realistic” about how they handle cyberattacks.

Walker says the situation is going to “get a lot worse” and recommends that organizations use open-source intelligence tool sets, or OSINT, “to build intelligence internally, which you can cross-reference in the longer term from old-style facts to new-style incidents and actually get a correlation of meaningful data.”

“These are the kinds of systems and applications we need to invest in within organizations if we are to play a real game against cybercrime and hybrid warfare,” he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Walker discusses:

How the nature of cyberwarfare is evolving;

Cyber disruption to expect both in the short and long term;

How organizations can use OSINT tools to build robust security postures.

Walker is a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. He serves on the advisory board for the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Center in Cyber Security – KirCCS – at the University of Kent, and he formerly served in the Royal Air Force, working in security and counterintelligence.

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