Secretary of Defense Hagel’s talking about cyberthreats has several purposes:
1. Appeal to Congress to not cut the department’s cyberscurity budget
2. Set the stage for talking with China about greater cooperation to reduce and prevent hacking military secrets
3. Demonstrate commitment to U.S. enterprise that the Defense Department sees cyberthreats as acts of war that demand attention
“Straight up” strategy
Secretary Hagel says the only way to go about this problem is “straight up”.
FoxNews.com reported that “breaches emanated from within China, but it was not certain they were directed or sanctioned by the government.” That means that hackers may operate independently, and that would call for international justice cooperation. On the other hand, government initiated hacking is most probable as the targets are U.S. military technology.
As for U.S. foreign policy, the FoxNews.com story says that the U.S. looks to grow its military presence in the Asia Pacific and Defense worries that “China can use the information to blunt America’s military superiority and keep pace with emerging technologies.”
Chinese proverb: Swimming in Asian waters, watch for Asian sharks.
“Hagel says cyberthreats pose ‘stealthy’ danger to US
Published May 31, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that cyberthreats pose a “quiet, stealthy, insidious” danger to the United States and called for the development of guidelines to establish “rules of the road” and foster a better understanding among nations for the use of cyber technologies.
Speaking to reporters on his plane en route to Singapore on Friday, Hagel said he will address ongoing cyberthreats during a meeting with members of a Chinese delegation amid reports that China used computer-based attacks to access data from dozens of Pentagon weapons programs and other defense technologies.
“Cyber threats are real, they’re terribly dangerous,” Hagel was quoted by Reuters as saying. “They’re probably as insidious and real a threat (as there is) to the United States, as well as China, by the way, and every nation.”
Hagel told reporters that the U.S. must find ways to work with China and other countries to develop “international understandings” of responsibilities governments must take in order to ensure responsible use of cyber technologies, Reuters reported.”