Ruminations on the Most Devastating Cyber Attack in History

By Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford has more than 20 years of security operations leadership and executive-level policy experience in some of the largest and most critical public and private sector organizations in the world. In 2011, Weatherford was appointed by President Obama as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and before DHS, he was the Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program and worked with electric utility companies across North America. Prior to NERC, Weatherford was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and he also served as the first Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado, where he was appointed by two successive governors. As a former U.S. Navy Cryptologic Officer, Weatherford led the United States Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT). Weatherford serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University, the Board of Directors at the National Cybersecurity Center, is an Affiliate at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), an affiliate faculty member at the Desert Research Institute, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Poneman Institute. He’s an investor in multiple technology startup companies and serves on the  Executive Advisory Boards of AlertEnterprise, BitGlass, Boldend, Chevron, Coalfire, Coventry, Cylance, and Indegy. He is also on an Advisory Board for Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  

A recent article titled, The Untold Story of NotPetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History came out a few weeks ago and I’ve been ruminating on it ever since.  It bothered me because while the NotPetya ransomware attack is old news if you are in the cybersecurity business, there is a lot of new and really interesting information in this piece.

This story by Andy Greenberg, focuses on Maersk, the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world, and reveals some things that most of us weren’t aware of until now.  Like many cybersecurity tales of woe, it reads like a Robert Ludlum thriller and will leave you wanting more.

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