Monday, August 31, 2015

Is Cyber Protectionism on the Rise?

Cyber cold war is clearly heating up. Nation economies may start trending inward for IT and cyber support as fears about state-sponsored hacking are on the rise. High-profile technology vendors are being exposed as arms-length extensions of their motherlands state security apparatus.  Examples include an expose' claiming Kaspersky is working closely with FSB (link), the Snowden leak suggesting clear and possibly extra-legal cooperation between the NSA and Facebook, Google, and Apple.  Consider the silent implications of U.S. security companies that publish threat intelligence who are notoriously silent when it comes to threat groups that tie back to the U.S. government. And Chinese telecom giants like Huawei have already been suppressed in U.S. markets due to security concerns. Conversely, China has exactly the same concerns regarding imported technology.  Government agencies in all nations are notorious for mistrusting outside technology.  For example, in the U.S. government you won't find Israeli technology deployed anywhere.  The State already practices cyber protectionism. As more high-profile vendors continue to be exposed, will the civilian market respond in kind?  Will governments take extra steps to regulate the import of potentially untrusted technology?  Can a free market continue when the buyers can't be trusted to understand the implications of cybersecurity?