Should the U.S. Be Ready for Offensive Cyberwarfare?

James Lewis says yes, the threat is real; Marcus Ranum says no, it’s a military ploy.

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Hackers have hit key U.S. command centers before. Now come warnings of foreign nations recruiting cyberwarriors, spurring calls for America to beef up its capabilities. In this week's U.S. News Weekly , two experts debate over the possibility of a cyberwar and whether the United States should adopt an offensive strategy against potential cyberattacks. James Lewis, senior fellow and program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, argues that given the technological capacity of Russia and China, the United States needs to bulk up its cybercapabilities to deter any possible attacks against the nation's information networks. Marcus Ranum, expert on security system design and chief security officer for Tenable Network Security, disagrees, saying that talk of cyberwarfare is just a money grab by the military and its contractors.

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