What Is Cyber Warfare?
To properly assess the risk, we first need a working definition of what cyber war is and how it might manifest. There is much disagreement about the term and its actual definition, and varying degrees in the types of cyber attacks that might be perpetrated. I think cyber warfare has some critical characteristics:
- First, warfare is considered the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations. Warfare generally includes attacks against critical communications channels, and against the military and civilian population resulting in loss of life.
- Next, the cyber aspect can be considered to refer to the realm of electronic communication.
So I think we can summarize the definition of cyber war as follows: