The recent shift of America towards a ‘defending forward’ from the ‘active defense’ in the cyberspace has startled a few observers and made them nervous. There is expansion going on to the surface of the attack on the internet, but any strategy which has its focus only on the defense will contribute little to the encourage adherence to the norms of the international security. China specifically is vulnerable in the area known as the ‘internet of things’ giving birth to the opportunity for balancing the use of carrots with more sharp sticks.
The previous strategy had its focus mainly on the defensive measures and the building of international norms, this new approach implies a more engaging and possibly aggressive stance of alleviating threats via the pre-emption. When pooled with the partnerships of the private sector & improved regulations and standards, this shift of strategy will allow the United States to prevent the potential cybersecurity challenges as the expansion of Internet takes place rapidly inclusive of those in East Asia.
The change of policy took place at a favorable time since the surface of attack is expanding very quickly. Since 2015, the total number of devices which gets the connection to the Internet has boosted by almost 40%. The massive majority of this growth is caused by the devices which communicate freely with one another, often by the means of unprotected protocols.
The Government of the United States has only started to comprehend and lessen the security risk of ‘Internet of Things’. The number of threats have increased everywhere due to the expanded connectivity such as in the national energy, American military hardware or the health infrastructure. Hence the pathways which are accessible to the cyber attackers are several and there is a strong need to take action against these.