Have we reached a new age? With the onset of hacktavism bringing down government agencies and major corporations are we looking at a new world order where governments are no longer the controlling force in the world. Who will monitor these new influences in world politics that reign across cyber space. It is my contention that it will not be governments but rather the cyber community. As we see in the press today hacker communities such as LulzSec are beginning to lose the support of the greater cyber community. As they step on the toes of gamers and other hackers, ethical or otherwise, cyberspace is growing tired of LulzSec's antics. Has this group pushed the envelope too far. Have they reached the threshold where the cyber community will start to police itself?
We have seen time and time again that, while some of the best theologists and researchers in the industry may be in the military or in business and education, the best practitioners seem to be the freelancers and hackers. These individuals repeatedly show us that they are one step ahead of common practice or even best practice. It is here that we now turn to watch as these individuals join together with the researchers and the community as a whole to work to police itself. This organic process seems to now be forming a new virtual order where the cyber community finds its balance along side of the the physical world which drives it.
I have been doing information assurance and security work for many years with a focus on network security monitoring and incident handling. I have been working in IT for more than fifteen years with a focus on architecture and systems.