Invisible Doomsday Machines: The Challenge of Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence – War on the Rocks

Stanley Kubrick’s iconic black comedy Dr. Strangelove remains one of the most insightful works on deterrence. The film revolves around the Doomsday Machine…

Source: Invisible Doomsday Machines: The Challenge of Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence – War on the Rocks

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Fighting the Wrong Enemy, aka the Stalemate in Cybersecurity

There are morsels of truth in the article, but overall, it’s half-connections and semi-conclusions are ad hoc and incoherent. While it takes a nation-state to create a Stuxnet, the implied conclusion that everything else critical (electrical grid, health/hospital/medical systems, infrastructure, military, even air-gapped, life critical data, financial data, design and manufacturing data, …) are adequately protected and immune to non-state actors has no factual basis. The risk is that impact and probability are both non-quantifiable and uncertain. We do not know what we do not know. Not to consider the worst case is irresponsible.

There is no imminent crisis to force change in cybersecurity, but it would be better if change is not forced upon us.

Source: Fighting the Wrong Enemy, aka the Stalemate in Cybersecurity

Rules of the Road: The Need for Vulnerabilities Equities Legislation – Lawfare

When the government discovers a bug in any computer hardware or software system, should it immediately inform the device or software manufacturer, so the company can create a patch and protect its customers’ cybersecurity? When should the government be permitted to keep the information to itself, and exploit the vulnerability to hack into devices in support of law enforcement and intelligence agency operations?

Source: Rules of the Road: The Need for Vulnerabilities Equities Legislation – Lawfare