Back to Basics in Cyber Amid Recent Warnings

By Jamil Jaffer

Jamil N. Jaffer currently serves as the Founder of National Security Institute and as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters. Jamil is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and recently served as a clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court. Jamil also currently serves as Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup technology firm founded by former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander (ret.) and former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen.

Earlier this week, The Cipher Brief brought you expert insights into How Iran Targets U.S. Businesses, after a warning last weekend by DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Director Christopher Krebs.   

“Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive ‘wiper’ attacks, looking to so much more than just steal data and money,” said Krebs in a statement posted to Twitter.  “These efforts are often enabled through common tactics like spear phishing, password spraying and credential stuffing.  What might start as an account compromise, where you think you might just lose data, can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.” 

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