Saturday, December 5, 2009

McAfee: U.S. Needs Clear Cyber War Doctrine

A recent study from McAfee on cyber crime and cyber warfare concluded that, like it or not, the world's information infrastructures are becoming theaters of war, as nations develop offensive and defensive capabilities to wage cyber warfare.

"Cyber weapons exist, and we should expect that adversaries might use them," said James Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy program at the Center for Strategic and International studies. Lewis is one of 2,000 national and cybersecurity experts who were interviewed for the study.

The threat of cyber war is not comforting, but more disturbing is the fact that we do not know how to use the weapons we are developing. Our ability to defend ourselves and to take the struggle to our enemies is hindered by the difficulty in understanding the sources and motives behind what might be considered hostile action against our networks and systems. Unlike attacks by conventional and nuclear military weapons, cyber attacks tend to be asymmetrical, remote and hidden. It is difficult to tell who is behind an attack and what its objective is. redmondmag

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