Seriously though... one of the big takeaways from the visit is cyber reform. The two leaders said they agreed that neither government would knowingly support cyber theft of corporate secrets or business information.
This talk is huge, but I'm here to tell you... we will continue to see cyber/corporate espionage used to support the Chinese economy. The US makes it a practice to not use our espionage capabilities for competitive advantage, but most other companies in the world do... including China. In fact, collections are built into their constitution --affecting even those who leave the country. And if you're a supply chain company, regardless of industry, there will be no rest for your security teams. Most larger companies have learned to protect themselves, but the companies who support them are largely the soft white underbelly --the place where the cyber dagger penetrates most easily --the place where protections are generally either not in place, or not as effective.
And for the Chinese, they too will continue to be victimized and exploited by those wishing to point the finger at them. Talk to any hacker worth their salt.. they don't go direct. They go through someone else first.. many, through China. The bandwidth is open like the autobahn. There's SO much activity coming from China that hackers can hide in the everyday noise.
Thankfully no Pope hacks. But attacks from China? We see them every day. Israel, Russia, Syria? There will be major implications here. We've reported on cyber in the middle east on a number of occasions, and I'm betting we'll see more as Russian forces get closer to to access directly to the Med. If only Turkey and Georgia would go along with the plan... will we see cyber being used against them? We already have.
Last? As a side note, VW got busted... maybe that was last week... but, do you think for one second that VW is the only company fudging software to offset hardware deficiencies? I could go on with a rant about my diesel VW Touareg (it's not affected), but I'll spare you that.. but for VW, this is nothing more than a sign of things to come. This is the perfect example of how software can be built to deceive; and then be deployed into millions of locations around the world.
On the upside? The Vatican doesn't hack us (at least I don't think so)...
Have a great weekend!