February 11, 2019, By Dark Reading Staff
But it can't operate in a bubble, a new Washington Post study indicates.
It has been nearly six months since the Trump administration issued an order granting the military more authority to launch offensive cyber operations against American enemies. Sixty percent of cybersecurity experts approve of the decision, a new Washington Post study indicates.
Researchers polled The Network, a group of 100-plus government, business, and academic leaders who weigh in on security topics. Most applauded the government's decision to let the defense secretary authorize offensive hacking. Several arguments supported the move, which was called "common sense" and "long overdue" among supporters. When used in combination with other military tactics, cyber operations can level the playing field, said one respondent.