Military Capabilities

Allies and EU countries developing cyber offenses, but against whom to apply them?

27 November 2017

While a number of NATO and EU countries are developing their cyber offensive capabilities, these will do little good if the provenance of cyber attacks against them cannot be precisely attributed.

And so far no one seems able to do that, as industry, military, and government officials openly admitted during the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels on 23 November. But they did insist that cyber forensics can give an “approximate” indication of where an attack might come from.

Asked by Jane’s if any of their entities could attribute with exactness a cyber attack, a panel of six leaders from European industry, national militaries, and NATO said that their organisations could not.

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