Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Forget about Preventing Cyberattacks: The U.S. should be planning on how to launch one of our own

Military bureaucracies around the world are likely to see offensive capabilities as increasingly attractive in any cyberwar, suggests the head of the computer research arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Offensive cybertechnology and operations are inherently stronger than defensive operations—that is, offense beats defense in cyberspace, in most cases, and given enough time," says Herbert Lin, chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the National Research Council.
This very interesting article makes the case that the best defense might be a good offense. Actually this view is in accord with nuclear weapons deterrence theories, which obviously (to date, at least) been successful in preventing such a war since 1945.


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