Silver Bullet Interviews Former White House Cyber Security Czar on Cyber War and Technical Reality: Two Security Experts Cut Through the Hype to Describe Software Security Risk

DULLES, Va., and LOS ALAMITOS, Ca., June 1, 2010—Cigital, Inc., a leading software security consulting firm, together with IEEE Security & Privacy magazine, announced the release of the 50th episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast with Gary McGraw, featuring Richard Clarke, an internationally recognized expert on national security, counterterrorism, and cyber security. During the podcast, Cigital’s CTO, Gary McGraw, Ph.D., interviewed Clarke on cyber war threats, their importance, possible consequences, and steps to take to prevent cyber war.
Throughout the podcast, Clarke details US susceptibility to a cyber war attack, taking examples from his book Cyber War. McGraw and Clarke discuss why we should change the emerging cyber command from offense to defense, especially since the US depends more on cyber infrastructure than its potential enemies—including North Korea and Iran.
Clarke notes that of the three things that make cyber war possible, the most important may be the flaws in software and hardware. “Most security professionals understand the importance of building security in to software and hardware as it is being created. Without appropriate software security, we end up with vulnerabilities that will make cyber war an unfortunate reality,” said Dr. McGraw. Clarke and McGraw discuss a particular instance of this risk as instantiated in the US smart grid initiative. They also discuss cyber war disarmament.
The interview is available as an episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast with Gary McGraw, in its usual audio format and also as high definition video. The Silver Bullet Security podcast series includes 50 in-depth interviews of security gurus, including Bruce Schneier, Avi Rubin, Ed Felten, Marcus Ranum, and Ross Anderson.
To listen to the full podcast, see or or subscribe on iTunes. The podcast series is co-sponsored by Cigital and IEEE Security & Privacy magazine, where a portion of this interview will appear in print.
About IEEE Security & Privacy
IEEE Security & Privacy magazine, copublished by the IEEE Computer and Reliability Societies, addresses a broad range of topics related to securing information and computing resources. Its primary goal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Published six times a year, the magazine provides a combination of research articles, case studies, tutorials, and regular departments and columns for the information security industry. For more information, visit
About Cigital
Cigital, Inc. is the leading software security and quality consulting firm in the world. Established in 1992, Cigital plans and implements initiatives that help organizations ensure their applications are secure and reliable while also improving the way they build and deploy software. Our recognized experts apply a combination of proven methodologies, tools, and best practices to meet each client's unique requirements. Cigital is headquartered outside Washington, D.C. with regional offices in the U.S., Europe, and India. For more information, visit
About the IEEE Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to

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