21 Oct '12, 4pm

U.S. Cyber Experts: Deterrence Not Enough

The U.S. Defense Department’s new cyber defense mantra — deterrence — is poised to help prevent attacks easily attributable to nation-states. The problem? Many attacks, and frequently the most sophisticated, don’t come immediately from nation-states. Instead, they come from groups that, while state-supported, provide plausible deniability for their benefactors, experts said. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new policy approach Oct. 11, a more aggressive stance in which deterrence will be used to convince bad actors to stay their hands. Panetta claimed that the U.S. can now effectively find out who is behind attacks and has developed the offensive tools to take decisive, even pre-emptive, action. But while experts applauded the efforts to make cybersecurity policy a more public debate, they questioned the broad applicability of a deterrence model. “One theory of d...

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