Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, discusses a report on Chinese cyber strategies, and why current cybersecurity methods are “not going to stand.”
The Defense Intelligence Agency’s report on Chinese strategies says that there could be a flurry of cyber activity soon. State-sponsored hackers are targeting more U.S. institutions. With China’s willingness to use every option available to them, they could become incredibly aggressive in the domain. Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, says that the report has some interesting conclusions about the near-peer competitor. “This is, for an unclassified report, very comprehensive… it shows what China is all about at this point. We’re the target, they want to be number one, they’re going to take positions militarily,” Marks told Government Matters. “It also implies that we are dealing with a mercantilist state, which is an old-fashioned term for a state that combines business, government military, and diplomacy all for one goal— which is dominance.” Marks said that with more and more breaches happening, “hygiene” needs to be more prominent in security discussions. “The one size fits all security system is not going to stand. I think you’re going to see a collapse in that industry of players together. All of this, however, would be nicely led by a cyber security agency, which we apparently have at this point. But, I know for a fact that it has simply stalled in what they have to do. If this isn’t the year of cyber security, I don’t know what is,” Marks said.