Abe Kleinfeld

How Can We Win a Cyberwar?

Guest Editorial by Abe Kleinfeld

Cyberwar is no longer an urban legend. From Estonia to Georgia to Israel, cyberwar has become a regular part of geopolitical struggles around the globe, and it promises to become a growing factor in future international conflicts.

Even skeptics have to admit that the economics behind cyber warfare are compelling. It’s inexpensive to mount a cyberwar. In comparison to traditional warfare, cyberwars are a bargain. You don’t need to fund and deploy specialized troops with expensive technology and weapons. You don’t need to worry about recruiting soldiers and keeping your supply lines open. All you need to disrupt your enemy’s communications and possibly its economy using a few people with specialized skills and Internet connections. In fact, you don’t even need to own all the assets deployed in a cyberwar.