Achieving Cyber Resilience, Reducing Cybercrime and Increasing Cyber Defense Capabilities: Where Should the U.S. Department of Defense Concentrate Today to Prevent "Cyberattacks of Significant Consequence"
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The purpose of this study is to discover the current state of Internet based cybercrimes and the security threats Information Systems pose at all levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors due to the exponential growth in Internet adoption and usage. This study uses Cloud computing, which is one of the rapidly increasing trends, as an example to emphasize the technological, political, and law enforcement challenges the United States could face in isolating the threat actor. It examines the benefit of the U.S. Department of Defense DoD involvement in transnational cooperation and transparency in the form of sharing of vital information used by adversaries. Through a Delphi study that involves subject matter experts from academia, the U.S. Air Force, American nonprofit global policy think tanks such as RAND Corporation and private cybersecurity industry, the study determines whether the Department of Defenses collaboration with the European defense and law enforcement agencies is an effective solution. It will recount the effectiveness of bilateral collaboration within wider partnerships such as the above by the DoD in comparison to the other solutions that will be proposed during the study. Finally, this paper will conclude with its recommendation of the most feasible and effective solution to prevent cybercrimes of significant consequence.
- Unconventional Warfare
- Computer Systems Management and Standards