Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cyber ATTACK - Much overused. Not EVERYTHING we call an attack is an attack.

"Since many reports call everything - pranks, embarrassing leaks, fraud, bank robbery and espionage - a cyber attack, the strategy led to expressions of concern that the United States would be shooting missiles at annoying teenage hackers or starting wars over Wikileaks," he wrote. "In fact, the strategy sets a very high threshold that is derived from the laws of armed conflict for defining a cyber attack. Nothing we have seen this year would qualify as an attack using this threshold."

Jim Lewis at CSIS HERE.


Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) said...

Along with doing away with the notion of cyber attacks, we need to get away from the term 'cyberwarrior'. These people who clack away at computer keyboards are about as far from being 'warriors' as one can get.

Trust me (you can), when an attack occurs, you are going to know about it. SONY was not an attack, despite what you may think.

Anonymous said...

Adm. Tighe said the Navy leverages all-source intelligence to identify emerging threats. Her command layers sensors, analysts and hunters inside the network. Automatic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is used to trigger responses in the network, or the network is maneuvered out of harm’s way when a threat is seen coming. The Navy is providing 40 teams as part of the U.S. Cyber Command, and the admiral describes these as her expeditionary units. While Navy cyber work continues to expand, she warned that, if sequestration continues to loom, the Navy will have an increasingly difficult time confronting the threat in cyberspace.

Dod Strategist said...

I would note that the word "attack" is only used once in the Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace.