Should We Fire the First Shot in a Cyberwar?
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 16/12/2011 17:04
Defending against an attack is so hard that some think a stronger offense is required.
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. Lin spoke last week at an MIT workshop on the fast-emerging cyber dimension to international relations.