What Senior Leaders Need to Know About Cyberspace
Senior leaders discuss key facts during an executive-level presentation at the Cyberspace Operations Symposium hosted at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Oct. 27-30. Pictured are Col. John Toomer from U.S. Air Force Cyber Operations, Col. Garrett Howard from the Combined Arms Center (Photo: Army)  



Colonel Jeffrey L. Caton
U.S. Air Force
USAWC Dept of Command, Leadership, and Management

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army or Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



What must senior security leaders know about cyberspace to transform their organizations and make wise decisions? How does the enduring cyberspace process interact with and transform organizations, technology, and people, and, in turn, how do they transform cyberspace itself? To evaluate these questions, this essay establishes the enduring nature of the cyberspace process and compares this relative constant to transformation of organizations and people. Each section discussing these areas provides an assessment of their status as well as identifies key issues for senior security leaders to comprehend now and work to resolve in the future. Specific issues include viewing cyberspace as a new strategic common akin to the sea, comparing effectiveness of existing hierarchies in achieving cybersecurity against networked adversaries, and balancing efficiency and effectiveness of security against the universal laws of privacy and human rights.

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