It has become common to wake up to news of yet another intrusion in America, or even Chinese systems by cyber hackers. The deeper ignored question is just what does this mean? What can someone really do with four million records of identity for United States government employees?
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I have been busy lately promoting my recently released book (with Ryan Maness), Cyber War versus Cyber Realities. In it, we dissect and empirically evaluation the emergent cyber era finding more bluff and bluster than realistic analysis of cyber conflict. In fact, there is very little evidence of cyber conflict and what conflict we do observe is very low level operations or espionage.
In the cyber security discourse, critics of cyber revolution hypotheses and the dominant coming “cyberwar” narrative tend to be painted as cyber skeptics. I refuse to accept this terminology. It is a dangerous and dismissive technique that seeks to limit the influence of moderates and critics because they will not proselytize about the expanding range of military power in the digital age. It also obscures a greater point, we can study the field of cyber security as the domain evolves and not assume that we have seen the evolution play out already with the emergence of the technology. As with all technologies that might have a role to play in war and diplomacy, we have to understand its uses, limits, and impacts. To be moderate about this process accepts that all research is confronted with promises and pitfalls, that there is much to discover before we assume knowledge.
There is a consistent theme in every zombie film or television show. The real enemy is not the rampaging hordes of brain eating monsters, but the human individual. We look in the mirror and see ourselves as the real threat.
I think we need to be reminded on this discourse in the context of the cyber security debate. More often than not, the threat is not external, but ourselves. We debate over and over again who the true cyber threat is, but rarely do we look within. In this piece I will evaluate the various cyber threats, which some say is the most pressing international threat and discuss the merits of the various ideas.