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How the US Can Counter Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare

posted Dec 8, 2018, 9:39 AM by James Loving   [ updated Jul 5, 2019, 2:17 AM ]
By Al Stovall, Contributing Editor

Article Summary

One of the greatest security concerns of the United States lies at the intersection of cybersecurity and information security: its vulnerability to cyber-enabled information warfare. This vulnerability is a product of US posture in the modern information ecology, which is a cyber-enabled, increasingly lawless information environment. US adversaries’ use of information warfare (IW) in this ecology naturally becomes cyber-enabled (CEIW) and thereby threatens the integrity of information in multiple dimensions. If left improperly addressed, this could result in the exploitation of information technology platforms to gain access to sensitive information en masse, which might then be used to greatly improve attempts to manipulate flows of information and influence the general public and prime decision-makers. Fully countering CEIW requires a multi-dimensional plan of approach that addresses both its technical, cyber-based threats and its subsequent psychological effects.

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