Overlapping defense essential to deter cyberattacks: Panel members

In addition to hardened, resilient systems, international norms of behavior and collaboration will be needed to police and defend cyberspace, Government Computer News reports members of a panel of government and non-governmental agency officials said Nov. 7 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“Deterrence must be based on denying the benefits of the attack,” said former Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn. This means improving defenses, so that launching an effective attack becomes more difficult and expensive, and improving resiliency, so that effects of an attack can be mitigated.

A set of overlapping strategies might be effective in deterring cyberattacks against U.S. infrastructure, said Michele Markoff, senior policy adviser in the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. These include better defense and resiliency, improved intelligence for attribution of attacks, and credible non- military responses such as law enforcement, diplomacy and economic sanctions.

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