Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DARPA Would Develop Offensive And Preventive Cyber Capabilities

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) has been working hard to develop its cyber capabilities. It includes both offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. The seriousness of United States in this regard is also apparent from the fact that the US government’s advanced research unit has decided to increase its funding for cyber research by 50 percent over the next 5 years. This has been decided in response to the increased threat of cyber terrorism and cyber warfare that US is facing.

The DARPA, held it’s first-ever symposium to discuss how the U.S. military can better protect itself from foreign-backed hackers. DARPA’s director, Regina Dugan, told conference members the agency will work to develop offensive cyber capabilities as well as maintaining defensive lines.

Recent cyber attacks on multinational firms and institutions, ranging from Google, Citigroup, U.S. Senate's website to the International Monetary Fund, have raised fears that governments and the private sector are ill-prepared to beat off hackers. To tackle these sophisticated cyber criminals there is an urgent need to beef up offensive cyber capabilities.

DARPA’s conference would follow several months of discussion among security experts and military personnel as to how the U.S. should balance its offensive and defensive cyber weapons.

In a typical cyber attack by an enemy State, the critical infrastructure is the first choice. Estonia witnessed this truth in the past. Further, in cases of cyber warfare and cyber terrorism also critical infrastructure is the chief target of cyber attack. An international cyber security treaty can be a good solution for dealing with this problem at the international level.

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