Active cyber defense: enhancing national cyber defense

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Authors
Wong, Tiong Pern.
Subjects
Active cyber defense
Passive cyber defense
Cyber attack
GhostNet
Stuxnet
Estonia
Computer malware;
Advisors
Denning, Dorothy
Date of Issue
2017-12
Date
December 2011
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
With increased dependency on the Internet, cyber attacks are fast becoming an attractive option for state adversaries, in part because of the ease of hiding one's identity. In response, governments around the world are taking measures to improve their national cyber defenses. However, these defenses, which are generally passive in nature, have been insufficient to address the threat. This thesis explores the possibility of employing active cyber defenses to improve cyber defenses at the national level. Active cyber defense refers to the use of offensive actions, such as counter hacking, pre-emptive hacking, etc., to defend against cyber attacks. This thesis studies the typologies of active cyber defense and examines how this approach can enhance a state's cyber defense posture.
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Thesis
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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xvi, 57 p. : 1 col. map ; 28 cm.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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