Report Urges Government Not to Spend a Lot on Cyberdefense
October 9, 2009 2:20 PM
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Should our nation spend more money to safeguard us against nations like China that are reportedly grooming legions of military hackers and striking out at the U.S. and other nations? A new report argues the opposite, saying cyberdefense is confusing and should not be a spending priority. It advocates focusing existing resources on military networks.
(Source: Fox News)
A new study recommends a cautious approach when defending the nation against cyberterrorism
Be ready for both defense and offense. Cover all routes of attack. Practice careful surveillance. All of these would seemingly be logical paradigms for
our nation's cybersecurity efforts
. However, a
takes a different bent and says that the nation shouldn't make cybersecurity its top priority and instead should focus on reallocating limited resources to defence of critical infrastructure.
The new report from the RAND Corporation says that
, telephone service, banking, and military command and control in the U.S. are all accessible and able to be attacked from the internet. That makes them open to attack, according to the report. RAND's press release describes, "Working against connected but weakly protected computer systems, hackers can steal information, make the systems malfunction by sending them false commands and corrupt the systems with bogus information."
Martin C. Libicki, the report's lead author and senior management scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization, adds, "Adversaries in future wars are likely to go after each other's information systems using computer hacking. The lessons from traditional warfare cannot be adapted to apply to attacks on computer networks. Cyberspace must be addressed in its own terms."
The report says that estimates of current cyberwarfare damage to our nation aren't consistent and cite anything from several billion yearly to hundreds of billions.
According to the report, military networks should be top priority when it comes to defense, as attacks on military networks are potentially the most potent. They describe a hypothetical scenario in which an enemy could silence missile defenses of a nation and then pound its critical targets with rockets.
The report says that offensive cyberwarfare is largely useless as it tends to bother, but not generally disarm adversaries. Further, Libicki warns that cyberattacks are amorphous and
determining the identity of attackers
is largely guesswork. Attempts at counterattacks are thus largely futile, according to the report. States Libicki, "This is not an enterprise where means and ends can be calibrated to one another. As a result, it is ill-suited for strategic warfare."
Rather than try to target nations or launch counterattacks, the study suggests a focus on diplomatic, economic and prosecutorial efforts against cyber attackers. However, the report suggest that such efforts not be made a priority in the nation's spending. Reads the release, "Libicki does not recommend the United States make strategic cyber warfare a priority investment."
Other recent reports have taken a different bent, advocating more funding. They have argued that the U.S. is
woefully unprepared for cyberattack
. They also point to nations like China that are grooming legions of computer-savvy troops to launch cyberstrikes.
The RAND study was federally financed, with the goal of offering independent policy alternatives for the U.S. Air Force.
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RE: Report was printed in China
10/11/2009 11:08:03 AM
If Taiwan had the will, they could make a Chinese invasion so bloody they probably wouldn't need our help beyond air support.
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