‘See’ or ‘Stand Against’ Digital Equipment of Ukraine’s Aggression

Opinions – The machinery of aggression moves across the lands of the people of Ukraine to their capital. There should be no words to argue, only words of desire, which diverts light from that dark reality. If the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the nations of the world believe that the instruments of that aggression can only move at the speed of physical geography, then we are fools. If we hang our hopes on that belief, we will fail in our responsibility to follow our resolve. The machinery of that aggression will move at the speed of our digital co-dependence.

NotPetya is a clear example of the possibility of aggression missing geography. NotPetya was in 2017. NotPetya was expressed through the indifference and irresponsibility of the enemy whom we now all condemn. The active indifference of this enemy, through NotPetya, has created a disruptive and destructive effect on the expansion of our supply chain and business activities around the world. We only hope in 2022, we are ready for more, but the potential impact of more is unacceptable, and if the equities we claim to serve are disrupted, it will be a terrible failure of our ability to work together.

Since the beginning of the year, experts in the cyber security community, both public and private, have tracked and published websites that have been compromised by website malpractice, service denial attacks, misinformation and malware in the Ukrainian system. . And in recent weeks, those consequences have been realized.

This all serves to disrupt. And all of this creates the very real possibility of crossing digital boundaries and causing harm. Beyond that, it is with high confidence that we believe that Russia will use our digital commons to counter-message, manipulate and confuse. Russia will use Digital Commons to create excuses, interpretations, and pretense. And, as many members of the Cipher Brief and Cyber ​​Initiatives group have mentioned, others have seen.

We know this is coming. We are ready and responsive. These effects have come. But we are slow to act. To speed up, we can overcome our hesitation and save together. We can take this moment to eliminate our individual agendas and create cross-skill collaboration and calibration that is needed at the moment. It’s not about exchanging information. The exchange of information was just beginning.

We need to adapt quickly to this moment. This is why we are sending a call to those who are willing to stand together. We tell our government friends to support the networks we serve and to encourage us to thwart this enemy’s efforts together without hesitation (but within the boundaries of defense). At the moment, our community has unparalleled skills, specific abilities and accurate judgment. This could go a long way in complicating the digital threats that have spread directly and indirectly from the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Thus, we call on friends of democracy and self-determination to come together in our classrooms to defend the principles we teach our children, for operational collaboration, for sharing ideas and knowledge.

Dedication to Ukraine must be dedicated to helping to complicate today’s digital aggression on the Ukrainian system, dedicated to anyone and everyone. We are grateful that the cyber security community and many others are doing just that. Aggression will transit digitally to us because Russia is pressing closely against the physical borders of the current occupation. So, for tomorrow, standing together means that we must accelerate our desire to work across borders in defense of any aggression we notice in the digital space.

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One way we can do this is by recognizing that the commercial space provides a comprehensive radar on what is known. Having undue reliance on the known – the unclassified, the widely known – allows for greater accuracy in the use of specific powers, which are reserved for the government, in the most difficult pursuit of knowledge.

Recently as an argument Cipher brief, Commercially acquired intelligence includes both depth and breath. And to be unique, commercially acquired intelligence should not be seen as competing with sensitive or classified intelligence. We need commercially acquired intelligence because it is information that we can use to make decisions from an unclassified environment. That means it can be deployed and action can be taken quickly. It can reach the public and private sectors and those who need it across competitive borders; This is urgently needed because we stand up against the digital threat that seems to be approaching, perhaps differently than before.

Governments that oppose aggression can immediately, systematically, and then continuously increase their analysis with intelligence from their holdings and commercial providers. Not only with a potentially unique perspective that is not subject to the limitations of responsible government resources, and not to the appreciation of sensitive and classified holdings, but also because both questions and answers that can be applied and commercially acquired intelligence are allowed to deploy particularly instantly. . That intelligence has to take action on their own, separately, on behalf of their own systems, services and the people who depend on them.

That streamlining is a way of producing trustworthy knowledge in this vital situation, not to say that we stand with Ukraine, but to do something. And perhaps at this point, since Kiev is surrounded and possibly infiltrated, it is not enough to discuss what we can do to protect our digital dependence.

Acknowledging this, we also acknowledge that as intelligence and security professionals we have no choice but to live with regret. We must alleviate whatever experience may come our way. When we say we stand with Ukraine, we must start standing together.

We believe that those interested can re-examine ways to develop, categorize, and establish the knowledge needed to collaborate effectively; And we certainly believe that using a common platform helps in this endeavor. Beyond that, we believe that those who wish to fight the speed and consequences of the aggregation of the physical world in the digital world must stand together in alliance, and the digital world in the physical world.

By doing this, with all our leadership, innovation and energy, we can really work together to help Ukraine further and fight the limitless digital impact of this history-changing aggression.

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