Creating a cyber defense strategy is an extremely difficult undertaking to be sure. Given all that is at stake, it is essential to ensure it serves the needs of the United States today and for years to come. The last thing any of us want is to have to change the strategy every time there is a new actor-led or technological threat, or when some new aspect of the internet and associated technology is implemented.
Let's face it, there are not too many things that are as ever-changing as the internet and all the devices and equipment that gets connected to it! It is worth noting that several commercial and research organizations are hard at work integrating artificial intelligence into cyber defense. While that is an indicator of the complexities of the environment, it should also be worth noting the complexities that come with most cyber defense solution sets.
Estimates suggest that each month, 328 million new devices get connected to the internet. Each one of those devices could be a new sensor or other information-gathering mechanism. Now for the dark side: Each one of those devices becomes a potential point of attack; and worse, they become a potential weapon in a distributed denial-of-service attack. Another important aspect of the complexity of this topic is the segmentation of the environment. Analysis of this problem set produced the following segments, each with its own unique characteristics that add to the complexity and require somewhat of a different cyber defense strategy.
The private sector business side
- Small businesses
- Midsize businesses
- Large businesses
The complexity of dealing with private sector aspects of complexity are due primarily to their role in critical infrastructure and their influence on other essential service/contributions.
The private sector not-for-profit organizations
The complexity of dealing with not-for-profit organizations' aspects of complexity are due primarily to their role in influential aspects of our country, such as political parties as a recent example.
- Combat units: offensive and defensive
- Support services