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Cyber-Security Expert Marc Goodman on “Future Crimes”

When it comes to the corporate world’s digital defenses, Marc Goodman proclaims: “There are only two types of computer systems: Those that have been hacked and those that will be.” With major cyber-attacks at Sony Pictures, Target, Home Depot, and JP Morgan Chase making headlines over the past few months, the world is starting to pay attention.

Marc Goodman has spent over twenty years building his expertise in cybercrime, cyber terrorism, and information warfare through work with Interpol, the FBI, the United Nations, NATO, the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Government. His book Future Crimes: When Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable—And What We Can Do About It, on sale today, takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are misusing new and emerging technologies. You can read an excerpt from Future Crimes on Slate.com.

Despite a growing awareness of cyber crime, the speed, scale, and innovative technologies of criminal organizations are still grossly underestimated. Citing an annual study done by Verizon Business Services in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement cyber security groups, Goodman says breaches into a corporate network are only detected by internal IT personnel only 6% of the time.

American Public Media’s Marketplace drilled down further to highlight “some of the things Goodman told us that made our eyes bulge or just flat-out tear up.” In the face of these threats, Goodman argues that we need to devote more resources to securing our wired world; that we need a Manhattan Project for cyber security.

As The Economist noted in a recent article, Goodman is a huge proponent of technology, who recognizes that the positive aspects of the Internet are manifest. But as one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, he also recognizes that when it comes to technology, the increased scale of influence can be used both for good and for ill. In a global society run by computers, whoever controls the computer code can control the world.

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