Ogilvy Exchange Hosts Cyber Warfare Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2010 – The Ogilvy Exchange series is a periodic thought leadership forum, hosted by Ogilvy Washington. At the most recent event on Cyber Warfare, Ogilvy PR hosted James N. Miller, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Underscoring the importance of cyberspace in the conduct of warfare, the Pentagon is setting up the U.S. Cyber Command. Dr. Miller discussed the new Command and the overall need to devise capabilities that protect the U.S. military from cyber attacks.


From the Associated Press, “James Miller, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense, said the Pentagon has been working through a range of scenarios, in an effort to come up with rules of war that will work in an attack that can be launched from continents away in milliseconds, and routed through innocent civilians' computers by unknown assailants. ‘I do not think we're going to have a single answer,’ Miller said during a speech at Ogilvy Public Relations. He said officials may just have to use their judgment because there are ‘a lot of gray areas in this field.’ Miller said the Pentagon is trying to address the myriad of policy questions surrounding the issue, including when an attempt to steal sensitive data or attack a network rises to the level of aggression that must be answered. In other comments, Miller said that as the number and sophistication of hackers and attacks grow, the U.S. must be prepared to continue to operate in a degraded environment. That could include infiltrated, damaged or non-working networks. Officials, he said, are working to build better defenses and make the systems more resilient.” The full article is available www.google.com.

From Reuters, “More than 100 foreign spy agencies were working to gain access to U.S. computer systems, as were criminal organizations, said James Miller, principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy... ‘Our systems are probed thousands of times a day and scanned millions of times a day,’ Miller told a forum sponsored by Ogilvy Washington, a public relations company. He said the evolving cyber threat had ‘outpaced our ability to defend against it.’ His comments came as the Obama administration develops a national strategy to secure U.S. digital networks and the Pentagon stands up a new military command for cyber warfare capable of both offensive and defensive operations. The full article is available on www.reuters.com.

JAMES MILLER ON CYBER WARFARE (from 2009 Congressional testimony):

The importance of cyber security for the U.S. military:
"To frame what is at stake for the Department of Defense, the Department currently operates 15,000 different computer networks across 4,000 military installations around the world. On any given day, there are up to seven million DoD computers and telecommunications tools in use in 88 countries, using thousands of warfighting and support applications. This makes DoD networks a tempting target in an environment in which foreign governments are developing cyber capabilities to gather intelligence and potentially position themselves to disrupt elements of the U.S. information infrastructure."

Reliable networks anchor military operations:
"It is impossible to overstate the DoD's dependence on cyberspace. DoD's information networks provide command and control of our forces, the intelligence and logistics on which they depend, and the weapons technologies we develop and field. In the 21st century, modern armed forces simply cannot conduct high-tempo, effective operations without resilient, reliable information and communication networks and assured access to cyberspace."

DoD is training new cyber experts:
"To ensure the long-term ability to protect our networks, we are training cyber experts and equipping them with the latest technologies to protect and defend our information networks and operate in this new war-fighting domain. DoD views development of a cadre of cyber experts as essential to the future effectiveness of US cyber capabilities. To that end, we are seeking to ensure the availability of a workforce of highly skilled cyber security specialists in government, and are currently evaluating the best way to proceed."

For more information on Ogilvy Exchange, please contact Ellen Birek, Ogilvy Washington, ellen.birek@ogilvypr.com.

Contact: Ellen Birek
Date: May 18, 2010
Office: Washington, D.C.