Such is the disappointing state of the press in Turkey where the Erdogan administration's actions have rightfully earned the suspicion of the Turkish people and democratic nations across the globe that fear, with good cause, that the assault on the media is only the beginning. Not all is lost for Erdogan yet.
Well, this was the year that Cyber-security (personal security) became Paramount in people's mind-share. Whether it was Target, Home Depot, Equifax, Sony, JP Morgan, and the list does not stop there.
Is it time for us to rethink how we perceive the global middle class? Currently, more than half of the world's middle class population can be found in the Western world. However, recent reports and studies have consistently shown that the global share of the middle class is shifting.
China's leaders need to look hard at the "Chinese Dream" they are trying to realize for their country and decide if that dream rests more on cooperation at this defining moment with the world's other largest economy, the United States, or on an absurd and outdated allegiance to the bizarre and historically obsolete feudal regime of the Kim family in Pyongyang.
A White House sponsored screening of The Interview would be an endorsement of the First Amendment, and a demonstration of America's resolve in the face of bluster from a third world dictator.
Although John McCain's sidekick in threat exaggeration and bellicose strutting, Lindsay Graham, was outraged that President Obama called North Korea's action "cyber vandalism," that is probably the best description.
Sony Pictures and the rest of corporate America must realize that the proliferation of cyber miscreants and illicit activities that steal Intellectual Property and sensitive data are finding it easier than ever.
Santa huddled with his legal team, the elves and Mrs. Claus wondering whether to bow to the group's demands. Cancel Christmas? Sure, the holiday had descended into a blur of Labor Day Christmas sales. But foregoing his yearly journey would mean disappointing millions of children.
The vulnerabilities that Dr. Charlie Miller points to are real and require our attention if we are to ensure that fiction does not become reality, and that the most recent cyber attacks on Sony are the end and not the beginning of a new era in state-sponsored cyber attacks.
Stephen Del Rosso,Program Director, International Peace & Security This article is excerpted from The Carnegie Reporter ...
Despite precautions, cyber attackers can often stay one step ahead of protection mechanisms. Sony, of course, had little in the way of cyber security protections, making it an easy soft target for hackers. But even better protected systems can be penetrated.
To mitigate the damage and restore confidence, Sony Pictures executives need to develop a plan so this is unlikely to reoccur. While this is easier said than done, IT solutions are available to thwart hackers.
As bad as Sony's cave-in, though, is the ridiculously false "shock" at the hackers' success in exposing the emails. There is incredible naiveté from everyone involved.
I find it more than a little ironic that as we wring our collective hands over the interrogation tactics used by the U.S. intelligence community, we are sitting idly by while attackers unknown are torturing and holding hostage an American company.
What is important is that these hacks presage what is going to happen for years to come and at far greater cost than what is being imposed on Sony. The weaponization of code is the most significant development in warfare since the weaponization of fissile material.
The success of the Internet in China over the past 20 years shows that successful foreign companies in China respect China's market environment and abide by China's law and regulations. U.S. companies operating in China show that those who respect the Chinese law can seize the opportunity of China' s Internet innovation and create immense value, while those who chose opposition stand will be isolated by themselves and finally abandoned by the Chinese market.