South Korea Develops Cyber Security Strategy

By: Absolute Team | 8/28/2011

South Korea is the world's most wired nation, yet they are a nation without a cyber security strategy. Until now. After suffering a spate of very large hacks, including one affecting 35 million accounts on a social network, as well as a high profile attack on a government-backed bank, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has outlined a national cyber security strategy.

The KCC will be considering cyberspace as an "operational domain" just like the sea or air, each requiring a state-level defence system.

The new plan would give control over cyber security at the government level to the National Cyber Security Centre, run out of the National Intelligence Service (their spy agency). The private sector would be defended by the KCC. Currently, more than 95% of the country's households have permanent access to the Internet.

The new strategy would require encryption and data back-up in both public and private sectors, as well as other security precautions.

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