hack cybersecurityIt used to be that data breaches were all about cyber crooks hacking computer systems to steal personal information, followed by the affected company sending regretful notification letters offering a year or two of complimentary credit monitoring. Not anymore.

Now, state-sponsored attacks threaten to wreak havoc on companies’ essential IT systems, Internet apps, back-office software, and all manner of critical infrastructure. Just a few weeks ago, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney General described a recent takedown of a Russian government-sponsored botnet called Cyclops Blink before it was weaponized and caused damage. That case is one reflection of a wave of state-sponsored attacks that can transform routine “incident response” into more dramatic corporate cyber crises.

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