I had a little time this evening until a few minutes ago. However client needs for a meeting tomorrow must come first so I’ll make some brief notes here. BRIEF!
In reviewing resources regarding a lack of strategy in Washington that General Mattis spoke of in his podcast (see previous post), I was lead to several congressional hearings where our military and retired military leaders were requesting planning, strategy and guidelines from Congress.
In specific, both Admiral Rogers, Director of NSA, Commander Cyber Command, and retired Marine General James Cartwright asked for guidelines that define cyber attacks into categories and what actions we can take depending on the seriousness of each category. For example, what constitutes a cyber attack so serious that we go to war over it? Without those definitions and agreement from our allies on these issues we will remain in a defensive position and our ability to protect ourselves will be weakened.
It’s bad enough that our media has undermined public opinion of the NSA over Snowden. People prefer to believe the worst, and the damage Snowden did with the help of mendacious journalists and media outlets will take a long time to repair. In the meantime China and Brazil made 589 attempts yesterday to hack into my Word Press account. To what end? Hey China, Brazil, all hackers, the back doors are closed and my password and logon name are so freaking long and complicated that it took me days to memorize them. Finally, after I was sure I could remember those crazy credentials, I wiped the paper they were written on with a bit of chicken liver and let the dog eat it.
Hey China, Brazil – When Smedley, tall, long legged Irish Setter that hunts with vigor, nose down, tail slashing back and forth, passes that piece of paper. . . do you want me to send it to you? Maybe you can make out my login data through the poop stains. With the lack of support our government is giving our protectors, Smedley is about my only line of defense.
More later, the links to hearings are below.
Cyber security threats: the way forward. Witness: Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency
The Risk of Nation-State Conflict: China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Witnesses: General James Cartwright, (USMC, ret), Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Dr. Walter Mead testifying. Oddly, this video doesn’t start until 35 minutes in.