How to avoid a War on Hactivism

A Reuters article resulting from an interview with the recently retired US vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James Cartwright, includes the following phrases:

“offensive capabilities, effective deterrent, specific weapons, offensive, destructive attacks, right to self-defence, a free shot at us, the rules of engagement, a fifth domain for military operations, respond to hostile acts, threat to our country, offensive attack weapons, act of war, electronic arsenal, national security priority, deterrent posture, a credible threat, the nuclear arena, a ballistic missile attack, tide of attacks,”

We do believe, therefore, that there is a real danger of a further declaration of war on an abstract noun!

For routine, and virtually permanent usage, Ministries or Departments of Defence have stood the test of time & we rather like  their acronyms MoD & DoD.

Well, we have stumbled across a possible solution, somewhat hidden in the  White House’s  Cyberspace Policy Review. It concisely defines Cyberspace as “the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, and includes the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers in critical industries. Common usage of the term also refers to the virtual environment of information and interactions between people”

But, & it’s a big BUT there are numerous references to “Cybersecurity”.

Now we all know that No one says Cyberspace but we rather like Cybersecurity.

A touch of alliteration. Cs as an abbreviation. Ministries of,  Departments of,  Agencies and their acronyms MoCs DoCs CsA all have a certain “je ne sais quoi”!

So we conclude that there is a way to avoid a war on hactivism!

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