Napoleon was right when he observed that “War is ninety percent information.” Since his time the nature of war has become even more information intensive. In the information age, all war is now cyber war.
In the past I have really shunned the use of the term “cyber war.” In 2003 several professional colleagues I was associated with launched a new organization to help academia study all things associated with cyber war. We intentionally avoided the term cyber war, calling it instead the “Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA).” We did that because the nature of what we were seeing then was absolutely not war. But it was certainly conflict. My consistent view is the term “war” is best reserved for the violent clash on battlefields like Guadalcanal or the beaches of Normandy. This cyber stuff can be bad, but in most all cases conflict is the term that best applies, not war.
But my view has changed over the years. First of all, we have seen violent clashes between armed forces that have operated in conjunction with cyber operations. In this context, cyberwar is a component of war like land war and air war and sub (and anti sub) war is. Cyberwar is definitely here in that context. With deep respect to those that have seen real violence in real war, I believe we need to sue that term more to describe what is happening for the use of cyber attacks to enable nations to pursue their objectives over other nations, as in this sentence: “Russia is using cyberwar techniques to further their objectives ”
Regardless of where you are on the proper use of that term, we need to study cyberwar.
Cyberwar is a state of conflict. It is related to the technological environment and to cybersecurity, but cyber conflict comprehends those and many other topics into a greater national security construct.
We seek to help shed light on key elements of cyber conflict and cyberwar. We do that through our Cyberwar and Cybersecurity weekly report. This report captures lessons learned from our close observation of adversary activity and insights from the best defensive measures being applied in organizations today. We also provide information on the technologies of defense in ways you can leverage to your benefit.
For an online portal into previous reporting on the topic see the CTOvision Cyberwar Site.
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