With the focus on effects from Cyber War being “all the rage” these days this little gem from 1983 highlights one of the major inflection points where we had the opportunity to do something about the cyber vulnerabilities that have now grown exponentially while becoming exponentially more difficult and costly to correct. The movie which demonstrates hacking and phreaking (and accidentally nearly starting Global Thermonuclear War) is a must see. I’m not sure you can aspire to be A Cyber Fellow without owning WarGames (or at least having watched it several hundreds of times). Right now you can pick up a copy on Blu-ray for $7.99.
For those striking to become a Cyber Warrior I definitely recommend checking out this flick and adding it to your list of movies with cyber warfare. Once you watch the movie I recommend enjoying the a few rounds of the game at the Global Thermonuclear War site. Enjoy!
Having had the privilege to meet, hear speak, and ask questions of General James E. Cartwright (USMC, Ret.) when I found this video it was A Cyber Fellow’s treat! The video is from the Global Security Forum 2012. One of the panels addressed the big aspects of Fighting a Cyber War to include significant strategy and policy discussions in Defense and International Security, Technology and Cybersecurity. Several years ago at an AFCEA IT conference while he was serving as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, I asked a question relating to the significant slowness of technology to penetrate the U.S. Military for use by our Forces. His retort, “it is a massive problem,” quite accurate from what I’ve learned about the issue since – he even offered me his shoes if I wanted to take his place (Navy LT (O3) to 4-Star (O10) would have been a significant jump). The problem is quite massive and at the root of our Military’s desire – Innovative, Highly Technical, Entrepreneurial, yet Inspirational and an Effective Leader – the perfect warfighter!
Since that day I’ve worked toward being able to fill those shoes…
About the video and forum:
The Global Security Forum 2012 is a forum on the top challenges facing U.S. and global security. The vulnerability of military, civilian, and commercial networks to cyber attack is forcing the U.S. government to revise its approach to cyberspace. While most attention is focused on preventing attacks, this panel will address how cyber could be used in an offensive capacity, including how to conceptualize command and control, targeting, damage assessment, proportionality, and deterrence in a cyber environment either alone or alongside kinetic operations.
Incoming search terms:In the Chairman\s White Paper on Mission Command (2012) the joint force of the future will find themselves operating in a security environment that is _____
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Matt – A Cyber Fellow