U.S. Call for NATO Cyber-Strike Capacity Causes Division

According to an EUOBSERVER article by Valentina Pop, dated October 5, 2010, the United States has proposed a NATO-wide "active cyberdefense" initiative as part of "a new Nato 'Strategic Concept.'"  According to the article, reception to the proposal has been less than warm.  Despite needing only a consensus to be adopted, the Strategic Concept faces tough opposition, due in large part to the Pentagon's "active cyberdefense" proposal.  

The article quotes an unidentified diplomat as saying "[a]ctive cyberdefense is a very sensitive topic.  Many experts have brought it up, that in order to have defense, you need offense as well.  I would be very surprised if Nato at 28 will find consensus to include it."  

The Pentagon's push for NATO-wide active cyberdefense comes as a result of 2008 attacks on the U.S. Military's "classified military network."  The article paraphrases U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn as saying that "Passive defense systems are sufficient to meet 80 percent of attacks.  But the other 20 percent need active systems, such as sensors that operare at network speed to detect and block intrusions."

The rationale for the U.S.'s push for NATO-based "active cyberdefense" is a recognition that "military networks cannot be safe unless other critical infrastructures, such as power grids and financial networks, are protected."  The article mentions Stuxnet, a computer worm with a suspected origin in the U.S.  The worm operates by exploiting non-military infrastructure systems, with the effect of reeking havoc on military systems.  According to the article, "[o]ver 60 percent of reported Stuxnet cases  are in Iran."

According to Deputy Defense Secretary Lynn: 

"The Cold War concepts of shared warning apply in the 21st [C]entury to cyber security.  Just as our air defenses, our missile defenses have been linked so too do our cyber [defenses] need to be linked."

Although European allies are looking to defend against "Estonia-type cyber strikes . . . they are showing little appetite for [the] U.S.-model 'preemptive cyber-strikes' on hostile countries or [organizations]."  According to the article, those "Estonia-type cyber strikes" paralyzed bank and government websites in 2007.

 

 

The full text of the article can be found at the link above, or here.  

 

 

 

 

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

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Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

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