James McDonagh, Technical Services Manager at Titania
"There are a number of reasons why cyber security was in the spotligh during the past year, with hacktivism being the most prominent one.In the same year that 10 Downing Street’s website came under attack from Anonymous, Julian Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid what he claimed was a politically motivated extradition.
This arguably defines the information security landscape in the sense that people are divided on his culpability. Some think he’s a criminal who is putting soldier’s lives at risk, while others think he’s an activist fighting for free speech.
In the same year, there was recognition from NATO of the cyber coalition 2012 war games and the fact that they mentioned they considered Russia as potential cyber aggressors, as well as Iran undertaking their first cyber warfare defence exercise in their war games.
These issues were all discussed in the media, and were taken seriously. For these reasons, among others, I would argue that 2012 was the year cyber security entered the mainstream.
To view the opinions of other cyber security professionals and other cyber security news go to the article on the HelpNet Security website."