Is the best defense a strong offense in cybersecurity?

Summary: The US government appears to assume that -- as with nuclear war -- "the best defense is a strong offense" Cybersecurity expert Emilio Iasiello asks if this makes sense with cybersecurity, given the difficulty of identifying the attacker (attribution) and striking back at them (often amorphous non-state actors). Complacency in Cyberspace May Be Our Biggest … Continue reading Is the best defense a strong offense in cybersecurity?

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Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

Summary:  The West's post-9/11 wars in the Middle East have run down, but our involvement in Syria's civil war and the attacks by radical Islamists in American -- and the far larger Paris attacks -- have begun a new phase in this clash of civilizations. Before we attack, repeating the mistakes of the past 15 … Continue reading Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

After Paris: will we think first, or just repeat what’s already failed?

Summary: The call goes out just as it did after 9/11: kill, kill, kill -- more evidence that we've learned nothing from our expensive post-9/11 wars that have set the Middle East aflame. So we'll double down on stupid, testing to see if our great power can overcome our blindness, arrogance, and ignorance.  {1st of … Continue reading After Paris: will we think first, or just repeat what’s already failed?