Evaluating the Impact of Cyber Attacks on Missions
Using current methods, it is virtually impossible to determine the impact of a cyber attack on the attainment of mission objectives. Do the authors know which mission elements are affected? Can they continue to operate and fulfill the mission? Should they wait for recovery? Can they salvage part of the mission? Since it is currently so difficult for humans to comprehend the mission impact of a cyber incident, the authors' ability to respond is much less effective than it could be. They believe that improved knowledge of the mission impact of a cyber attack will lead to improved, more targeted responses, creating more attack resistant systems that can operate through cyber attacks.