Civil-military merger key toonline wars

IN the recent past, at least 30 countries have confirmed that they are running offensive cyber programmes and some countries are even bragging openly about their projects.

Published: 20th November 2017 03:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2017 07:38 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: IN the recent past, at least 30 countries have confirmed that they are running offensive cyber programmes and some countries are even bragging openly about their projects. In such a scenario, military cyber commands, both offensive and defensive in nature, must have the best resources, experts opine. With exploits like Eternal Blue, developed by state actors such as the National Security Agency finding their way to the open market, military cyber commands need to look actively at hiring a good mix of talent, both from the government and the corporate world, said Max Smeets, Cybersecurity fellow, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation.

He was part of a panel discussion on cyber offensive held at the Synergia security conclave on Sunday. He said, “Corporate strategies will not work in a military environment. I think they should hire a good mix of government and corporate sector employees with formal education as well as practitioners.” Citing the example of the US, Estonia, the UK and the Netherlands, all countries which allow civilians to be a part of their military cyber commands, Smeets advocated an integrated command structure where the strategic group would not be separated from the technical team by designations or locations.

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