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Cybersecurity's Uncertain Battleground
Cybersecurity's uncertain battleground

Michael Hayden, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), once remarked about cybersecurity that “rarely has something been so important and so talked about with less clarity and less understanding.”1 In large part this is because neither those who have carried out a cyberattack nor the attack's victims are anxious to reveal many details. Attackers do not wish to publicly admit responsibility and become the target for reprisals or have their capabilities known. Victims fear that in providing details of a successful attack they will reveal what information has been compromised or alert others to weaknesses in their systems, thereby inviting further attacks. For example, the March-April 2010 cyberattack on computers used by Iran to produce nuclear power, about ...

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