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Tufts Democrats: What did you think?

The Tufts Democrats got an earful from me about how US foreign policy on cyberspace hasn’t advanced significantly in fifteen years. I complained that a whole lot of basic questions haven’t been settled, and drew on some key national documents to verify that is the case. They were more impressed with my rapid-fire interactive summaries … Continue reading

Current events for Beth’s class

Beth Chalecki asked me to give a talk on cyber security for her course at Boston College. While I won’t post the slide deck here, I will compile a reading list on the blog. I’d like to note that the blogroll at right includes several of the big names in the field: Bruce Schneier, C. … Continue reading

Full hearing: US Senate on Cyber War Readiness

Highlights from the US Senate panel on cybersecurity 23 February 2010. Mary Ann Davidson, CSO (Oracle). Required reading! Ms. Davidson masters the subject in bright prose. This is an excellent indictment of the rush deploy smart grid technologies before we’ve had time to harden them from the types of attacks that routinely take computers off … Continue reading

Another failed attempt to resurrect deterrence for cyber war

Cyber war creates far more than its share of Maginot strategy. How is it that we can hope to make deterrence work without the three elements that supported it during the nuclear age? McConnell’s article dated this coming Sunday (2/28/10) [sic] outlines three conditions, and then claims that the failure of these conditions isn’t really … Continue reading

60 minutes covers cyberwar

Steve Kroft of 60 minutes covers cyberwar from the perspective of computer network operations and critical infrastructure. It is a welcome change from the usual fare of robotic weapons, web defacement, and online chat group flame wars. The video and transcript are available at 60 minutes. Well worth the watch.

Space is a terrible metaphor for cyber space

Physical metaphors for cyber space create pernicious mistakes of intuition about strategy. The lay of the land determines a great part of battlefield strategy. Cyber space is as unfamiliar and surprising as a trip through the looking glass, frustrating many efforts to understand cyber strategy by way of analogy to physical space. Writing about cyber … Continue reading

Collateral damage in cyber warfare

The John Markoff and Thom Shanker recently covered collateral damage in cyber conflict for the NY Times. Unfortunately, collateral damage in cyber conflict is extremely difficult to distinguish from (a) chance and (b) the intended effect of offensive operations. From their article featuring John Arquilla: In 2003, the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies made plans … Continue reading

Geographic Location of Attack Servers: UK

In yesterday’s post, I pointed out that escalating a cyber conflict was not in the best interest of the United States. Here is the scenario: based on the identities of the sites under attack and the nature of the code being used, a number of allegations surface that North Koreans are behind the attacks. US … Continue reading

Danger of Inadvertent Cyber War

America’s failure to reach consensus with foreign powers on what constitutes an act of war in cyber space presents the danger of an inadvertent war. Expert opinion is split on the question of whether cyber attacks can ever reach the level of an act of war. Bruce Schneier recently pooh-poohed web defacement as a truly … Continue reading

Battlefield focus ignores strategic cyber attacks

The focus of most reporting on cyber attacks and cyber security in military circles continues to distract the debate away from campaign level cyber attacks. Rather than discussing what a skilled nation-state adversary would do with currently available, known cyber attack strategies, coverage tends to focus on battlefield applications of information technology. Take, for example, … Continue reading

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