Tomorrow’s cyber threats will likely eclipse yesterday’s. That’s why the National Security Strategy calls for decisive action to protect vital national functions and critical infrastructure—and it’s why the National Cybersecurity Strategy doubles down on disrupting and dismantling threat activities. Adversaries view the federal government, intelligence agencies, the military, and all critical infrastructure industries as one large target-rich environment—one cyber battlespace.
To prevail and outpace adversaries, the United States must now employ cyber offense and defense in a seamless manner. What’s needed is not just security and resilience but also cyber superiority.
The time to act is now. Cyber conflict is being waged in the shadows—but the danger is clear enough. Digital cloak-and-dagger operations, fueled by rising geopolitical tensions, threaten to undermine trusted IT systems, connected devices, and operational technology (OT), potentially causing physical effects.
But these urgent cyber challenges also present significant opportunities to advance the security, defense, and prosperity of the nation. On a grand scale, the United States, allies, partners, and the private sector can build unity of effort on three fronts:
- Fostering operational collaboration
- Focusing innovation
- Integrating cyber offense and defense capabilities with other tools of national power to deter and counter threats
To help leaders across government, the intelligence community, the military, and the private sector seize these significant opportunities to sustain U.S. cyber superiority, we’ve assembled a series of publications that offer actionable insights for today’s cybersecurity leaders.