U.S. policymakers are moving too slowly in dealing with the dynamic threat from cyberspace, Sasakawa USA’s Adm. Dennis Blair said October 31 at an event rolling out the publication of “Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense against Cyber Threats.“
“We are shooting so far behind the rabbit that we will only hit it if the rabbit makes another lap and comes back to where it was,” Blair told a conference presenting the report, as quoted in an AFP News report featured on Yahoo! News.
The new publication from George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security draws on knowledge from a task force co-chaired by Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence, along with Michael Chertoff, former secretary of Homeland Security and executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group; Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Frank Cilluffo, director of the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
The report garnered attention in the media as the most comprehensive assessment to date of the legal, policy, and technological contexts that surround private sector cybersecurity and active defense measures to improve U.S. responses to evolving threats. The aim of the report is to help chart a constructive course forward through the complicated terrains of law, technology and policy as they relate to private sector active defense.
“In addition to the main text of the report, scholars, practitioners and students will find the legal outline and additional appendices of great use in understanding this issue more deeply,” author Carrie Cordero writes of the publication in the Lawfare blog. “Overall, I expect that the Lawfare community will find that the GW report makes a meaningful contribution by placing ‘active defense’ in context of broader cybersecurity policies and initiatives, and it will likely encourage additional debate and proposals.”
Read more coverage of the publication’s release below:
• The Week Ahead: Cyber defense, workforce top agenda this week, Inside Cybersecurity
• US should strike back at cyberattackers: report, Agence France-Presse
• GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Releases New Report on Proactive Cybersecurity Measures, Lawfare Blog
• Into the gray zone: New report analyzes potential of active defense as a response to sophisticated cyber threats in the private sector, Science Daily
• US Should Help Private Sector ‘Active Defense,’ But Outlaw Hacking Back, Says Task Force, Dark Reading
• Task force urges looseening reins on hacking victims to fight back, Nextgov
• Experts and Defense Officials Clash Over Offensive Cybersecurity, Inside Sources