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Strategic Cyber Security

This book argues that computer security has evolved from a technical discipline to a strategic concept. The world’s growing dependence on a powerful but vulnerable Internet – combined with the disruptive capabilities of cyber attackers – now threatens national and international security.
Strategic challenges require strategic solutions. The author examines four nationstate approaches to cyber attack mitigation.

• Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
• Sun Tzu’s Art of War
• Cyber attack deterrence
• Cyber arms control

The four threat mitigation strategies fall into several categories.
IPv6 is a technical solution.
Art of War is military.
The third and fourth strategies are hybrid: deterrence is a mix of military and political considerations; arms control is a political/technical approach.

The Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) is used to place the key research concepts into an influence matrix. DEMATEL analysis demonstrates that IPv6 is currently the most likely of the four examined strategies to improve a nation’s cyber defense posture.

There are two primary reasons why IPv6 scores well in this research. First, as a technology, IPv6 is more resistant to outside influence than the other proposed strategies, particularly deterrence and arms control, which should make it a more reliable investment. Second, IPv6 addresses the most significant advantage of cyber attackers today – anonymity.
http://www.ccdcoe.org/publications/books/Strategic_Cyber_Security_K_Geers.PDF

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