December 20, 2013
Where's Rusty? Joining the 'Cyber-Militia'
It's kind of a good idea, in theory. If we're ever under a real cyber-attack -- and by 'real' here, I mean large scale -- then you call up the 'cyber-militia' to counter it. I'll be first in line to volunteer. Howie, too. Provided the cyber-attack is connected to Kate Upton nude video containing malicious phishing code. He'd gladly spend hours working on that.
Part of the funding bill passed by Congress this week includes provisions that call for the Department of Defense to formally consider the creation of a part-time civilian force to assist in times of cyberattacks...Yeah, I'm not sure every state needs a Guard Unit dedicated to countering cyber-attacks. Isn't that kind of the whole idea behind cyber-threats? That they're non-spatially related? So, this seems like Congress just trying to get more of those fat DOD dollars directed homeward.
Some countries already have volunteer civilian "cyber militias"—Estonia, for example, has a civilian cyber reserve that it put together after cyberattacks on the country's national Internet infrastructure that appeared to originate from Russia. Maryland has created a cyberwarfare unit as part of its Air National Guard. But the Defense Department has resisted previous efforts by members of Congress to establish National Guard "Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Teams" in every state.
But still, I like the idea in general. I'd even go farther. Why not an army of cyber-privateers?
Oh, thanks to @switch_d