Skip to comments.Cyberwar: What People Keep Missing About The Threat
Posted on 01/06/2014 4:41:42 PM PST by Sir Napsalot
Cyber is the buzzword of the decade in the defense world, so overhyped and overused it has lost almost all meaning. Intelligent discussion of cyber threats is a rare gem indeed. But even experts who shed real light on the dark corners of cyberspace consistently miss a crucial dimension of both the threats and the opportunities it holds for the US military.
That brings us to Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, a new book out today (we got an advance copy) by Brookings scholars Peter Singer and Allan Friedman. Singer and Friedman have written a worthy and insightful book although hardly a revolutionary one on cybersecurity for civilian networks, including at key defense companies, and even many Defense Department systems. But, like so many other smart people, they have dropped the ball on the second part of their title: cyber war.
What people who should know better still keep forgetting is that cyberspace, however you define it, is bigger than the Internet. Its much, much bigger than the World Wide Web, which is just the sexiest part of the Internet: Software from Microsoft Outlook email to SCADA controllers for the electric grid use the Internet but not the Web. And the most crucial networks are not connected to the Internet at all: Matthew Broderick in Wargames aside, you cant take over a missile launcher from your home computer.
Yet most discussion about cyber threats boil down to stopping bad people from doing bad things online. Thats adequate for most private sector organizations and even government agencies but its just the tip of the ship-killing iceberg for the military and intelligence world.
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Sounds like a decent book, but I think high information types already know much of this (and low information types never will). Anyone who follows technology would have to have been hiding under a rock not to understand the increasing threat - just turn off all the cell phone towers in a city for 8 hours and see what happens. The authors (or review) shouldn’t minimize the potential threat from the “sexy part of the internet” either. What if, instead of stealing Target customer info, someone made it impossible to pay for anything using a credit or debit card for a day or so? And what if it wasn’t just one store or chain, but everywhere? It may be easier for evil-doers to create chaos in American this way than by finding ways to wage cyberwar on critical infrastructure.
A big part of the big picture here is space dominance. And the US is just walking away from that. The cyber war won’t be won if you don’t have a firm grasp of LEO and MEO.
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