Arming against cyber threats

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — There is a new war, but it isn't about armed conflict.

This type of war involves computers, codes, and breaching firewalls of IT infrastructure.

On Tuesday night (March 15), Derek Manky, global security strategist of Fortinet, sat down with CNN Philippines' chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros about the digital war against online criminals committing fraud and theft.

According to Manky, cyber crimes had been happening since the start of the computer era.

He said, "Hacking attempts and attacks into networks typically start from the inside of a network. Hackers are typically trying to put some malicious code that's going to run inside the network and allow a communication pass so that they can control that and facilitate instructions from the inside."

He added, this was typically done from external hackers, but there were cases where it was done by an insider employee.

 Attacks like these are nothing new.

Manky cited the example of T.J. Maxx, a department store chain in the U.S. where information of millions of credit cards was stolen.

He said, "It took four years of investigation and in the end, an individual was sentenced to 20 years in prison... This came from a threat that was sitting on the network, unmonitored, for well over a year. "

Manky said that it was "imperative" to find these threats and "stop the bleeding."

He added there were several ways to discover a threat, but it's the cutting off the communication channel to the hacker that could neutralize it.

But when it came to what had been stolen, Manky said "it can take some time."

He said, "Cyber crime has no borders. We're dealing with multiple jurisdictions. It's imperative that the public and private sectors work together – security experts and vendors, law enforcement, and other officials as well. it's the only way that we can actually collaborate on intelligence to find out who did this, how they did it, and trace the money trail."