In a speech on Friday, Democrat Mark Warner, vice chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee, presented what he called “a new cyber doctrine,” advocating not only for a hardening of America’s digital infrastructure but for an approach to cyberwarfare that doesn’t hinge solely on mirroring adversaries’ use of offensive tactics. The U.S. needs to increase its presence on the international stage, argues the Virginia senator, and play a central role in establishing common “rules and norms” for the invisible battlefield—or China and Russia will. Speaking at the Center for a New American Security, Warner advanced the idea that America’s cybersecurity is on the whole ineffectual; that its response to foreign adversaries is either too weak or too slow to matter; and that its vulnerabilities, in addition to past failures, are largely the result of existing in a state of complacency and overconfidence for decades. More specifically, he said, the U.S. has failed entirely to devise a substantive approach for mitigating an influx of information operations, in which private American citizens are chiefly the target. The federal government, Warner admits, was caught “flat-footed in 2016,” though he places equal responsibility on companies such as Facebook for failing to “anticipate how their platforms could be manipulated and misused by Russian operatives.” In recommendations offered later in his speech, Warner defined what he calls a “whole-of-society approach” to security, which relies partly on a self-regulating free press, but also “places limits on social media platforms.” Mark Zuckerberg, the only corporate officer named in the… [Read full story]
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