On December 29, 2016, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint analysis report (JAR) detailing, in their words, “tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities”.
On October 7, 1996, the Pentagon publicly attributed – without repercussions – a vast digital data breach and espionage to the Russians, later dubbed Moonlight Maze. Fast forward twenty years to the date, and President Obama publicly attributed the DNC digital attacks to Russia.
2016 may well be the year of cyber sovereignty, with increased censorship and a decline in internet freedoms. China and Russia each pushed forth new domestic controls, with many others following in their steps. This threatens the global pursuit of internet freedoms, and may be indicative of a larger inflection point toward the Balkanization of the internet.
October 10, 2016
It's Time for Cyber Policy to Leapfrog to the Digital Age
It is tempting to suggest that if this is the case, why inflame the situation by creating warfare through defining warfare? But there is another body of opinion that sees positive merit in defining cyber warfare: it would paint a red line that must not be crossed without fear of serious reprisal from the world's most powerful nation. In this sense, the definition of cyber war has a deterrent effect against its use.
Last week's BSidesLV, Black Hat and Defcon conferences all demonstrated pheonomenal technical achievements, but gaps clearly remain. When measured against CNAP objectives, the conferences still have gaps in outreach and collaboration with policy, as well as a diversity of perspectives. That is, the industry requires a greater diversity of perspectives to compliment the current phenomenal domain expertise, and help overcome some of today’s greatest challenges in security.