In Today’s Security Environment, Deterrence Is Becoming Personal

An employee of Global Cyber Security Company Group-IB develops a computer code in an office in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 25, 2017 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).
An employee of Global Cyber Security Company Group-IB develops a computer code in an office in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 25, 2017 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).
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Last October, Washington announced that the U.S. Cyber Command was targeting individual Russian information warfare operatives to deter them from interfering in America’s midterm elections. The thinking seemed to be that if Moscow’s agents knew that the United States had identified them, they would think twice about undertaking hostile actions. Even though the Trump administration had been unable to make Russian President Vladimir Putin forego cyberwarfare all together, it might at least be able to weaken the effectiveness of the Russian offensive at the operator level. The story grabbed attention both because it indicated that the United States was shifting […]

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