Is Stuxnet The First Shot In A Cyberwar?


All of this begs the question about how this impacts corporate networks and the channel partners who build and support those networks.

"I don't see a direct problem for corporate America so far, unless you are a target of one of the Iranian programs," Mandiant’s Bejtlich said. "So if you work in one of these industries where the Iranians are trying to get data or support to further their nuclear program where there military program is, then, yes, you are at risk, but you’ve also been at risk for some time."

Channel partners tend to agree that while IT managers are interested in learning about these developments, they only rarely engage escalated security measures unless something in particular has happened to them.

"We can talk to them until they are blue in the face, but few take heed," said Harold Mann, president of Mann Consulting, a San Francisco based channel partner. "You have to continue the anecdotal story as though they were on an IV drip. In the beginning they see it as paranoid doom and gloom, but over time they realize the need to protect their data, and they start to make some changes."