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Hybrid War: 'It's Going to Get a Lot Worse'

Academic John Walker on Leveraging OSINT Tools in War
John Walker, academic

Russia's use of wiper malware, DDoS attacks and targeted disinformation show it no longer depends on traditional methods in its war with Ukraine. John Walker, a professor and counterintelligence expert, says organizations need to be "more realistic" about how they handle cyberattacks.

Walker says the situation is going to "get a lot worse" and recommends that organizations use open-source intelligence tool sets, or OSINT, "to build intelligence internally, which you can cross-reference in the longer term from old-style facts to new-style incidents and actually get a correlation of meaningful data."

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"These are the kinds of systems and applications we need to invest in within organizations if we are to play a real game against cybercrime and hybrid warfare," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Walker discusses:

  • How the nature of cyberwarfare is evolving;
  • Cyber disruption to expect both in the short and long term;
  • How organizations can use OSINT tools to build robust security postures.

Walker is a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. He serves on the advisory board for the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Center in Cyber Security - KirCCS - at the University of Kent, and he formerly served in the Royal Air Force, working in security and counterintelligence.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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