My essay for the Modern War Institute, US Military Academy at West Point: https://mwi.usma.edu/death-knell-international-norms-cyber-conflict/.
On July 8, Michael Schmitt, a law professor and former judge advocate in the US Air Force, posted a perplexing tweet about changing his mind on the “status of cyber capabilities as ‘weapons.’” He followed it up with the link to a recent paper he coauthored for the International Law Studies journal of the US Naval War College.
Continue reading “A Death Knell for the International Norms of Cyber Conflict – US Military Academy”
I wrote this very long email to a senior member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. It was well received and the person agreed with many of my assertions. Sharing is caring.
Continue reading “My litany on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission”
The SolarWinds hack has triggered deep introspection within the policy circles.
One realisation which I am having is that military strategies in cyberspace seem to be wanting to define “contact” in more conventional terms rather than how it’s really applicable to cyber operations.
Continue reading “The Competition Continuum and noncontact operations in cyberspace”
My geo-strategic take on the SolarWinds hack, published by the Hindustan Times: https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/solarwinds-cyber-strategists-are-back-to-the-drawing-board/story-L5QunVMY7vRa04isQlT1QL.html.
The SolarWinds hack – a cyber espionage campaign compromising critical organisations of the United States (US) – has fundamentally disrupted the power dynamics of cyberspace.
It is not only a major setback to the cyber statecraft initiatives of the US which took years to mature, but also challenges the basic assumptions upon which the West’s strategy for cyber dominance rests.
Continue reading “SolarWinds: Cyber strategists are back to the drawing board – Hindustan Times”
A couple of months ago, someone asked me what’s the best risk management strategy that I have come across. Pat came my reply: MITRE ATT&CK.
The person on the other end was surprised.
Continue reading “MITRE ATT&CK has always been a risk management framework, and now it’s official”
To me, the SolarWinds hack is remarkable because it (momentarily) managed to upend one kind of strategy with the other. A broader strategic calculus is palpable from the operational choices made in this intrusion — from the Concept of Operations which underpins it.
Continue reading “(Telemetry & toolchains) vs. tradecraft: The SolarWinds hack from a strategic lens”
Ciaran Martin was the founder of the UK’s National Cyber Security Center and the former head of cyber operations at GCHQ. He gave a thought-provoking speech busting many myths around cyber power and cyber operations (text and video ).
I try to deconstruct it in 18 tweets. Click on the tweet to follow the thread:
“Russia creates conditions in which liberal democracies are forced to debate about the introduction of censorship for the sake of national security and sovereignty (Barandiy, 2018).”
Due to the biases which emerge from legal determinism influenced by analogical reasoning, the cyber policy community often ends up ignoring the actual cases of normative behavior in cyberspace. Okay, if not normative behavior then at least a semblance of some kind of customary law.
Continue reading “Congratulations, it’s a cyber norm!”