- 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.