Creating Cyber Deterrence Strategy is Key to U.S Survival, Lawmakers Say

A bipartisan group of senators is urging President Trump to complete a national cyber deterrence strategy outlining how the nation will respond to cyberattacks from a variety of malicious actors seeking to inflict harm or damage.

A strong cyber doctrine by the federal government is necessary and critical for “our nation’s survival in the digital age,” the senators noted. “Our adversaries need to understand the boundaries of what is acceptable in the cyber domain, as well as the circumstances under which we would utilize offensive capabilities to retaliate against cyber-attacks.”

The senators emphasized the urgent need by stating, “The lack of decisive and clearly articulated consequences to cyber-attacks against our country has served as an open invitation to foreign adversaries and malicious cyber actors to continue attacking the United States.”

“We urge you to end this state of inaction immediately,” said the letter by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on cyber, and several other senators from both parties.

Reports suggest Russian informational warfare campaigns against the U.S. like the alleged interference to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential undermine democracy.

A PDF copy of letter is available here.

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