Since U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) was established in 2009, most of its effort has focused on building out structures to support strategic level operations. CyberCom’s elevation to a unified combatant command in May makes now a particularly good time to consider how it can better support tactical warfighters. Here are six recommendations:
1. Avoid spreading cyber FUD.
FUD—fear, uncertainty, and doubt—is an approach used across the computer security industry to generate sales. The pitch typically goes, “Your systems are highly vulnerable to advanced persistent threats, ransomware, denial-of-service attacks, point-of-sale machine compromises, and spearphishing—but all will be safe if you buy my company’s gadget!”