The United States may still be the world’s preeminent superpower, based on size and reach of military and intelligence operations, but defending the virtual borders of cyberspace is another matter. Cyberattacks by foreign nations and their agents are on the rise, and this new form of conflict doesn’t fit easily into the existing paradigms of how to wage, or win, a global war. The budget to support the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts is $14 billion for fiscal 2016, about 10 percent more than the $12.5 billion the government budgeted for 2015. Despite this increased spending, the U.S. is still vulnerable to attack. “You could basically say the attacker has the advantage,” said Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at RAND Corp. and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Major data breaches in the past couple months alone have implicated foreign nations with which the U.S. has the most critical, and volatile, relationships in maintaining world order. The most recent attack was carried out by Russiaagainst the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system. Like Russia’s sophisticated attack, the Chinese breach in the server of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was difficult to attribute to either the government or to […]
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