Cybersecurity in 2012: the good, the bad, and the really ugly

Summary:Cyberwar, cybercrime, cyberattack. We're hearing about it all the time. The fact is, it's not going away. Not by a long shot.

Why is it that "ugly" seems to regularly show up in the titles of webcasts I do? These are the questions I ponder over my first cup of coffee. Well, this time, although you will be able to enjoy my face-made-for-radio, we're not going to be talking about my ugly.

Oh, no. We're talking cyberthreat. That's the real, serious ugly. Besides, I got a haircut. Just for you. I hope you appreciate the sacrifices I make to bring you these truths.

Cybersecurity in 2012: the good, the bad, and the really ugly THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 AT 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT / 16:00 GMT LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST: Register and join us live, for free

Cyberwar, cybercrime, cyberattack. We're hearing about it all the time. From new bills before Congress to new technologies designed to protect us, just how safe are we?

We're under assault from nation states, organized crime gangs, terrorists, hacktivists, for-profit corporations, and even the pimply-faced teenager down the street. When will it all just go away?

The fact is, it's not going away. Not by a long shot. Phishing, spamming, distributed denial of service attacks, worms, malware, intrusion, exfiltration -- all of these describe various forms of assault on our computers, servers, phones, and bank accounts. Even our smartphones are being compromised at a disturbing rate.

ZDNet is proud to present Cybersecurity in 2012: the good, the bad, and the really ugly. I will be joined by Emmy-award winner Jonas Tichenor and veteran Washington, D.C. journalist Wayne Rash.

You'll have an opportunity to learn about all the disturbing ways cybercriminals are breaking into our systems, causing damage, stealing millions, disrupting our ability to work, and ruining lives.

Wayne and I will explore the challenges facing business and government as we struggle to fight an asymmetric war, where we have to defend against everyone and all they have to do is find one weakness in our systems. And, together, we'll discover some ways we can protect ourselves and some best-practices we can put into place to reduce our level of vulnerability.

Cybersecurity in 2012: the good, the bad, and the really ugly THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 AT 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT / 16:00 GMT LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST: Register and join us live, for free

I've known Wayne for years. He's been in the thick of things in D.C., covering these issues with a level of depth and understanding you rarely see coming out of Washington. You've had lots of opportunities to read my views on cyberwar, but I'd like to introduce you to some of his. Here are five Wayne articles well worth reading:

As you can see, Wayne and I share many of the same concerns. This is going to be a powerful webcast and you'll learn a lot. Be sure to tune in tomorrow.

Topics: Security

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In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on savi... Full Bio

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