Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, has delivered a stark warning about the rising threat of cyber warfare in the contemporary world.
Speaking at the recent 2nd Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels, Kaspersky welcomed the growing international response to the problems of cybercrime.
But he also outlined a “doomsday scenario” which he believes could have a devastating impact on society – and which can only be reliably prevented with a radical rethink of online security for industrial systems and key infrastructure hubs.
After his speech to a joint session of the European Commission and the European Parliament, Kaspersky commented: “Governments and independent international organizations like UN-IMPACT and Interpol have realized the scale of cybercrime, and started to cooperate in fighting it. That’s the good news.
“But the bad news is that software is now also used as a cyber weapon which can damage physical objects as badly as traditional weapons. Industrial, transportation and electrical systems, factories and military sites are in danger.
“It’s scary: one of the worst-case scenarios could throw us back hundreds of years – back to riding horses, reading paper books, snail-mail, and candlelight... The worst thing is that at the moment, it’s impossible to protect against these kinds of attacks. What is needed is a redesign of all the software for industrial systems, which could take 10-20 years, and which is almost ‘mission impossible’.”
The program of this year’s Digital Agenda Assembly was focused on a secure digital future, seeking to build on growth, innovation and confidence. Discussions sought to prioritize the actions needed in the field of Internet security in Europe, based on analysis of the local and global situation. Another objective was to analyze the role of ICT security innovation in the European digital economy and devise ways to further encourage new ideas.
To learn more about the event, please visit the official event page.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
*The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2010. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide IT Security Products 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares – December 2011. The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2010.