Sunday, January 13, 2008

What is Cyber Command?

With all the talk about Cyber Command being provisionally housed at Barksdale AFB, and with the hope that Northwest Louisiana will land the permanent command, how many of us really understand what Cyber Command is or what it will do?
The next war that we fight may be in cyberspace. This will be a totally different war from any that we have ever know, as it will be non-violent. What will this war look like, and what exactly is cyberspace?
Science fiction writer William Gibson, who coined the term "cyberspace" in his 1984 novel, Neuromancer defined it as "a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions … A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data." In the mid-1990s, Gibson elaborated further on the this place that, like art, conjoins reality and imagination, "Cyberspace is a metaphor that allows us to grasp this place where since about the second world war we've increasingly done so many of the things we think of as civilization."
According to Lt Col David T Fahrenkrug, "cyberspace is a very real, physical domain that is comprised of electronics and networked systems that use electromagnetic energy." It is not the information that is housed on those systems.
After reading all of the above, I am more confused than ever. I always assumed that we were protecting our data and information.
If anyone understands this stuff, please let us know.

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