As the world becomes more connected, people will face a growing number of threats from a variety of sources, said Chris Krebs, former head of the Department of Homeland Security & # 39 ;s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Tuesday at the ITC InsureTech Connect Conference in Las Vegas.
"We will only become more digital," says Mr. Krebs, one of the founders of Krebs Stamos Group LLC, to a packed audience at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. "The problem is that the wicked know it."
He asked his listeners to imagine themselves five years into the future. Think of your house, your office, your car. The ecosystem is accelerating. During that five-year period, we will only connect more things, he says.
During that period, affiliation will increase, "but it will also threaten actors-state actors, criminals and everyone in between," he said.
Almost all countries have developed or are developing a cyber capability, Krebs said. "Every country connected to the internet invests," he said.
Of those considered the most active, China is motivated by economic and political gain, while Russia is more disruptive, he said. North Korea aims to strengthen its economy, and Iran is more of a regional player that has played at a global level, he said.
In addition to the state actors, there are cybercriminals. "Ransomware players, in particular, have exploded on the scene," Krebs said. "It is one of the main national security threats to the functioning of our economy today."
Ransomware actors, Mr. Krebs, explained automating their activities and scanning online for vulnerabilities. "If you do business in the technology sector, you're on the playing field for these guys," he said.