It wasn’t that many years ago the word, “Cybersecurity,” did not exist, except perhaps in a science fiction script. Now in 2017, the word is as common as “apple pie.” Actually, I’m not sure the last time I heard apple pie mentioned. This article will help you appreciate the military cybersecurity threats in the world, while at the same time give you comfort in our Nation’s capabilities.
Executive Orders by President Trump
Two sections of President Trump’s Executive Order is found on the Lawfare website address both domestic and foreign affairs concerns:
Section3. Cybersecurity for the Nation.
(a) Policy. It is the policy of the United States to promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet that fosters efficiency, innovation, communication, and economic prosperity, and respects privacy, while guarding against disruption, fraud, and theft.
(f) Department of Defense Warfighting Capabilities and Industrial Base. The Secretary of Defense . . . shall provide a report to the President, . . . on cybersecurity risks facing the defense industrial base, including its supply chain, and United States military platforms, systems, networks, and capabilities, and recommendations for mitigating these risks, within 90 days of the date of this order.
Another section, as reported by the Washington Post addresses the security issue:
It is the policy of the United States to defend and enhance the security of the Nation’s cyber infrastructure and capabilities. Free and secure use of cyberspace is essential to advancing US. national interests.
Military Cybersecurity Threats
Are the enemies of the U.S. genuine threats, or are they just saber-rattling? We know of at least four significant threats in recent days: North Korea, Russia, China, and Iran. It would be a mistake to underestimate any of them based on the size of the country. The smallest on the list, first mentioned, is ruled by a dictator with questionable sanity.
North Korea – the Ultimate “Saber-Rattlers”
Many in North Korea are on the brink of starvation, but their leader seems determined to make the USA a pile of ash:
The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK. – Kim Jong-un
Some Americans brush him aside as dysfunctional or crazy, but our current military leaders say there is a real threat. That threat is real to our South Korean allies in Seoul, with a population of over 25 million souls, and only a short distance from the border of North Korea.
Russia – Hackers of the U.S. Election and An Ally of Middle East Terror Groups
It should not matter how any of us feel about the politics. What matters is that there is unwelcome intrusion into our way of life. Now, to be fair, we know that all countries spy on each other – even allies. However, hacking can be more destructive than bombs. It can ruin companies, reputations, and even economies. Thankfully, our country has many of the brightest minds and the tools to put forth a strong wall of defense. It is encouraging to hear that our leaders are continually upgrading the country’s infrastructure to meet the onslaught.
China – Building Military Bases on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
Against International outrage, China has leveraged its considerable industrial genius to build man-made islands. It appears these islands are not for the purpose of attracting world-wide tourists to enjoy the view. They are for military bases; potentially rich for military cybersecurity threats. This is the most populous nation on Earth with 1.371 billion people (as of 2015). Most of Apple’s iPhones are made there, as are many other high-tech devices and appliances. Would it be a surprise to anyone that they have a large cyber attack force? That, combined with the fact that the U.S. owes them over one trillion dollars, our second biggest obligation. We owe more only to Japan!
Iran – World’s Major Supporter of Terrorism
Their nuclear ambitions are equalled by their cyber-terrorism goals. They do not wish us well. Imagine what a military cybersecurity threats they are to our country. Two of these most hostile regimes against America have developed cyber attack groups. Furthermore, North Korea has a group called “Lazarus,” and Iran has one called “Oil Rig.” These cyber terrorists are modeling their attacks to replicate Russian hackers and organized crime activity. I suppose they do this to confuse us all. Apparently, they are good at it.
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