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Chertoff: Cybersecurity takes teamwork

Taylor Armerding | Nov. 6, 2014
Former Homeland Security secretary tells Advanced Cyber Security Center audience in Boston that relying on prevention only spells ‘doom.’

She acknowledged that much of what hackers do is illegal, but said, "a lot of them want to do the right thing -- report a vulnerability and get it fixed. There needs to be a better way -- we shouldn't incentivize them to stay quiet, but to join the team of defenders."

Moussouris, who previously worked for Microsoft, cited that company's move about a decade ago to recruit hackers from Poland who called themselves LSD (Last Stage of Delirium) after they discovered a vulnerability that led to the release of the Blaster worm.

"That was a really progressive move on Microsoft's part," she said.

 

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