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Parsing Cyberwar – Part 4: The Best Defense is A Good Defense

Summary: In this series, Marcus Ranum, walks us through the basics of cyberconflict, in its various forms: the nature of the battlefield, logistics, and dynamics. Today he looks at methods of defense. While offense gets most of the attention, most organisations play only defense. So read and learn.


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(6) Other chapters in the Parsing Cyberwar series

  1. The Battlefield
  2. The Logistical Train
  3. Synergies and Interference
  4. Patch #1 – Lessons from the Gauss malware
  5. The Best Defense is a Good Defense

(7)  For More Information

(a)  On the FM website see the FM Reference Page about Cyber-espionage and Cyber-war!, with links to Marcus Ranum’s other posts and a wide range of other resources.

(b)  Other articles about cyber:

  1. Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts it Down, PC World, 28 January 2011 — “Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.”
  2. Obama: Companies Must Step Up Cybersecurity Efforts, Russia Times, August 2012
  3. Pentagon Announces New Strategy: Rapidly Develop Cyberweapons to Attack Specific Targets, Popular Science, April 2012
  4. The Pentagon is Developing Cyberweapons that Launch Without Human Intervention, New American, June 2012
  5. Wikipedia entry on Basil Zaharoff
  6. With Plan X, Pentagon Seeks to spread US Military Might to Cyberspace, Washington Post, 30 May 2012 — turning to game companies and private developers.