Friday, May 20, 2011

Obama moves toward The Morgan Doctrine

You know, President Obama almost got it right in his declaration this week:
"When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country."
What we're missing is the solid articulation of consequences that began The Morgan Doctrine dialogue in the first place:
"…any foreign cyber attack on US-based computers is an act of war, and retaliation (ie, looting) may take place on the perpetrator of that attack, wherever he/she/it may be located."
Notwithstanding the diplomatic mushiness of the president's statement, I view this as a solid step forward in building a competent cyber security national policy. Because there must be a publicly articulated policy before the rest of the deterrent force can be put into effect.

Maybe we're not going to be playing defense-only games after all.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?