The potential for a ‘miscalculated’ enemy cyberattack keeps me up at night, warns Pentagon cyber chief

“If there is one thing that keeps the Pentagon’s cyber chief up at night, it’s the potential for an enemy to “miscalculate” a cyberattack that creates much more damage than is intended” reports When asked what kept him up at night, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Ed Wilson told members of Congress it was the possibility for an enemy to miscalculate an attack.The initial outbreak occurred in May 2017 and would eventually affect more than 300,000 computer systems across the world. “Due to the difficulty of determining whether certain activity is intended for espionage or preparation for an attack, cyber operations run the risk of triggering unintended escalation,” wrote Benjamin Brake, a fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in 2015.

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