Modern Diplomacy: Advanced Persistent Cyber Threats

Global online connectivity presents and exposes many vulnerabilities. Writing for Modern Diplomacy, Al Lewis explains that advanced persistent cyber threats share six characteristics with terrorism: “asymmetry, cost effectiveness, contributions of loose associations, will to succeed, impossibility to completely defend, and contagion.” However, those waging cyber-attacks, unlike terrorists, are more secretive about their activities. Preventing cyber-attacks requires countermeasures and non-technical strategies that anticipate the many motivations. Such measures can include encouraging collaboration and familiarity at the state level as well as meaningful interactions through partnerships; outreach and messages that establish trust; and education and social media messaging. “Social media is critical in combating both types of threat groups, as it is the only medium that can effectively but indirectly trigger relevant emotions and feelings,” Lewis writes. “The biggest potential power of social media then is to model behavior, predict outcomes, and intercede with the appropriate messaging to alter the course of action.” Economic disparity can also encourage cyber-crimes by states and individuals, while deterrence is more challenging. Denial of these threats is not an option. – YaleGlobal

Modern Diplomacy: Advanced Persistent Cyber Threats

Defense against advanced cyber threats requires anticipation, collaboration and a holistic approach including both technical and non-technical countermeasures
Al Lewis
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Read the article from Modern Diplomacy about non-technical countermeasures against advanced persistent cyber threats.

Al Lewis is currently a doctoral candidate in Global Security in the School of Security and Global Studies at the American Military University. He currently oversees the Cybersecurity Operations Center of Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace and defense company.

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