Preparing for Cyberattacks
James Lewis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies says cyberattacks are a cause for concern; expert Marcus Ranum argues that we should focus our security efforts elsewhere. Your feedback:
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The question asks, "Should the United States be ready for offensive cyberwarfare?" Who in their right mind would say "no?"
Ranum is touching on a key point, and that point is that it is terribly dangerous as well as ill advised to act in the absence of hard fact. Ours is a fully globalized existence, as Marcus points out; the Chinese yen is dependent upon the strength of the U.S. dollar. However, we must be careful not to assume that there has been no escalation of cyber-military capability of those nations who may or may not be friendly towards us. The same can be said with respect to the advancement of cyberespionage. I disagree with Ranum's view that militaristic use of cyber weapons for warfare is overly hyped.
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That was the most irresponsible article that I have ever read. I have been around the information warfare and intelligence communities for over 40 years. Currently, I write AI systems for code cracking. My friends working for the intels all use the word "terrified" when talking about malware. This stuff is very, very real. We are just seeing the beginning of this problem.
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In retrospect, 9/11 seems to have become an even more iconic day then we thought. Tactically, it was of course the most catastrophic attack ever on US soil. On the surface we have viewed 9/11 as a geopolitical event. But in longer range terms, and with the benefit of hindsight, it may be fair to ask: Has al-Qaeda achieved its strategic aim of bringing down the United States as a world power?
We have at least two opponents with the ability to launch damaging cyberattacks against the United States -- Russia and China. They have probably done the reconnaissance and planning necessary for these attacks, probing American networks for vulnerabilities. But they have not launched them. Why not?
Suddenly, the steady drumbeat of computer network security has been pushed to center stage, and now our government is talking about cyberwar and pointing a finger at China. Unless you've been asleep for a decade, you ought to be worried when our government starts using the rhetoric of warfare -- especially vocabulary like pre-emptive and deterrence. Why the sudden change?
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