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  • Hardening Our Defenses Against Cyberwarfare

    The Wall Street Journal - 03/05/2013

    A common military tactic by which an attacker attempts to disable or weaken a target before an invasion is referred to as “prepping the battlefield.” Digital warfare is one way that foreign nation states disable critical infrastructure to make it vulnerable to conventional assaults. Stephen Flynn of Northeastern University, testifying last year before the House Committee on Homeland Security, described the cascading effect:

    “When transformers fail, so too will water distribution, waste management, transportation, communications and many emergency and government services,” Dr. Flynn said. He added: “Giving the average of twelve-month lead that is required to replace a damaged transformer today with a new one, if we had a mass damage of that scale at a local regional level the economic and society disruption would be enormous.”

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