Aggression in Cyberspace: Framing an Operational Response
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The rapid development of cyber-related technologies has outpaced the U.S. governments ability to create comprehensive cyber policy. Yet, if U.S. military commanders are expected to operate within the complex cyberspace environment, they require an operational framework to guide them. Whereas existing military frameworks are currently insufficient, the Information Operations Condition INFOCON system offers a potential baseline from which to create current guidance. INFOCONs should, therefore, be broadened into a new system that addresses the convergence of interdependent informational technology infrastructures rule-based cyber engagement criteria and operational response thresholds standing execution authorities traditional risk acceptance and accountability techniques and finally, response options integrating information assurance actions, defense actions, defense response actions, and offense actions. Once established, this new Cyber Condition CYBERCON system framework would be a suitable operational substitute for nonexistent cyberspace policy and would position military commanders to more effectively respond to aggressive events within cyberspace.
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