Lessons of Wikileaks: The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Cyberspace
The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, No. 2560, 2011
7 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2011
Date Written: May 31, 2011
Over the past 10 years, the United States has devoted significant resources to the development of a counterinsurgency strategy for fighting non-traditional enemies on the ground. As the global scandal caused by the unauthorized publication of classified government material on the infamous WikiLeaks Web site has demonstrated, it is time for a counterinsurgency strategy in cyberspace as well. While the U.S. government has authored a number of cybersecurity strategies, they all focus too much on technology and not enough on a comprehensive approach to battling cyber insurgency. This paper explains what the U.S. should do if it wants to win the escalating cyber battle.
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