Cyberwarfare and Anonymity

Perr, Christopher
January 2011
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Warfa;2011, p207
Conference Proceeding
Public policy and strategy do not keep up to date with technology. There is generally a lag time between the release and application of a technology till a shortcoming is observed. Once a shortcoming is revealed it is a race to address that potential weakness with improved policy, updated strategy, a technological initiative to combat the shortcoming, or a necessary combination of all methods. The invent of computer reliant and networked systems has created a modern arms race which has seen more innovation and more need for updated policy and strategy than any other period in history, yet the United States continues to fall behind in this arms race. When security cannot be verified, but only risk mitigated, it is time to think deterrence. Unfortunately, deterrence falls apart when you cannot identify the perpetrator behind attacks. This paper will look at the role that information has played in previous conflicts, as well as the modern strategy towards protecting the United States in cyberspace, and will draw a singular conclusion as to the best course of action towards improving our security. Through a mix of policy, strategy, and technology the anonymity which attackers use as a shield needs to be eliminated in order to allow room for a strong policy of deterrence with a verifiable response. In establishing the means to identify our attackers and provide serious recourse cybersecurity can be greatly improved for the United States.


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