In a recent hearing, the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Cyber Command head said that ISIS is the most adaptive group to cyber he’s seen in 35 years. “ISIL remains the most adaptive target I’ve ever worked in 35 years as an intelligence professional,” Adm. Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee. At a time when cyber attacks are nearly expected, not surprisingly, this is another alarm bell we should shift focus. Cyber should fast become a real priority in the military and Congress.
ISIS has become incredibly evasive. They use secure communications. They’ve learned and adapted how not to highlight themselves to the digital threat from the West. They probably train one another, bring in experts, and create guidelines for themselves. Who knows, they could use their cyber command and oversight of their foot soldiers. This is proof they’re evolving into something new for terror organizations. They have access around the world, are proficient at living and working in the shadows and control large portions of land. They’re reminiscent of both the Taliban and the global group Al-Qaeda that grew under their protection.
For the cyber aspect, this is a challenge of encryption. Hillary Clinton has said she wants to create a “Manhattan Project” to break all encryption. But there are grave consequences for privacy and secure messaging here at home. This is becoming a constant debate. Are we to sacrifice what we expect as our way of life to protect ourselves from the enemy. The answer is probably yes and no. We need counter measures to combat ISIL and to seek them out. This is in part why it so concerns that we have such a divided Congress. There’s no clarity on such important issues.
If we grant the government the legal framework and ability to enter anyone’s device or become privy to their information, corruption becomes a huge concern. Every person has an agenda of some kind. Whether it’s not to be in trouble, to further their careers, religious beliefs. There are always certain forces at work. They aren’t necessarily negative in nature. There are even more for large bureaucratic institutions. Our idea of privacy is being stripped away, and we’re being desensitized as stolen emails emerge and private conversations come to light. This is the debate ongoing in Congress, right now.