Gearing up for cyber warfare

CyberwarHot on the heels of the Estonia DDoS attack is news that NATO, especially in the U.S., is gearing up for cyber warfare. According to NATO, the threat of military cyberattack must be taken seriously. In fact, if the reports are to be believed, the presence of cyber warfare in the future is but an inevitable progression.

Excerpt from The Registry:

In Brussels yesterday, NATO defense ministers agreed that firm and decisive action was necessary to protect "information systems of critical importance," Reuters reports.

As it stands, the USA is not only prepping its own cyber defenses, but is also honing her ability to mount network assaults. For this purpose, a new three-star cyber command is being setup at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. In fact, it is already home to about 25,000 military personnel involved in anything from electronic warfare to network defense.

The predominant worry to the U.S. appears to be China. According to the CNN:

China is seeking to unseat the United States as the dominant power in cyberspace, a U.S. Air Force general leading a new push in this area said Wednesday. "They're the only nation that has been quite that blatant about saying, 'We're looking to do that,"' 8th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Elder told reporters.

The word straight from the Pentagon:

China's People's Liberation Army has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks

You can read the rest of the report from CNN: General: China taking on U.S. in cyber arms race

Whatever parties it might involve, just how likely a future do you think it is where hostile nations take their disagreements into cyberspace? What will be the likely targets? Also, as an IT professional, is there anything at all that you could or should do preemptively to protect your company?

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