Napolitano, in a speech May 30 to business leaders and government officials, said that besides “al Qaeda and al Qaeda-related groups,” cybercrime is, “the greatest threat and actual activity that we have seen aimed at the west and at the United States. Unfortunately, it is a growth arena.”
“Our cybersecurity as a country is inextricably linked to our economic capability,” she said. “The systems we use are interdependent, interconnected and critical to daily life in the United States. Communication, travel, powering our homes, running our banking systems — these are all interconnected systems.”
Napolitano cited a study by Symantec’s Norton that estimated the cost of cybercrime worldwide at $388 billion — more than the global market for heroin, cocaine and marijuana combined, and said, “I think those are conservative numbers, based on the things that come into DHS.”
Sharon Nelson thinks a certain amount of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is a good thing.
Most security experts agree that cyberattacks are a major, costly problem, both for industry and government.
But Nelson doesn’t shy away from the term “cyberwarfare” or from FUD. On Sensei’s Ride The Lightning blog, she contends, “The line between cyberwarfare and the real thing is a fine one — one our enemies may not appreciate.”
So, what is the value of FUD fit in all that? If people are fearful and uncertain, what will that accomplish, other than a possible overreaction from panic?
Nelson said she does not advocate sowing panic. But she believes FUD — especially doubt — “may make people question things.”
“You have to second guess,” Nelson said. “None of us believes that what we hear on TV is reality any more than reality show. If [people are concerned], then more questions will be asked, more investigations will be done.”
â€œWe were slow to recognize the importance of information and the battle for the narrative in achieving objectives at all levels,â€ according to a May 23 draft of the study, which InsideDefenseobtained, â€œ[and] we were often ineffective in applying and aligning the narrative to goals and desired end states.â€
This is even more astonishing considering how much time U.S. military professionals have spent talking and writing about the “the importance of information and the battle for the narrative”….al the way back to the 1990s!