E-warfare

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E-warfare

By | September 2008
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Question
The 21st century has seen warfare adopt many new faces, among those the use of the Internet as a weapon. Explore an e-warfare incident and discuss its success or failure. In your answer detail how you as a network manager could protect your organisation against e-warfare.

Abstract
In the following essay I will define ‘E-warfare’ and outline types of attacks which are associated with it. I will identify an incident which has taken place and discuss whether the incident was successful or failed. I will then attempt to give a detailed explanation of how if I was an appointed network manager, that I would protect an organization against e-warfare. I use examples when necessary to provide a realistic appreciation of the use of attributes that support my recommendations  

When one thinks of warfare, the traditional meaning of armed conflict comes to mind. Dictionary.com (2008) defines warfare as armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like. But as technology develops the face of war has changed, it can now be accomplished electronically, which is known as electronic warfare or ‘E-warfare’. E-warfare is the use of computers and the internet to conduct warfare in cyberspace. There are various types of attacks which can be conducted electronically, which include hacking, denial-of-service or distributed denial-of-service and web vandalism. Recently an event occurred in which an electronic attack took place which had a devastating impact on the country of Estonia, taking down government and other organizations websites. The attack which took place was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. With these attacks occurring, prevention methods need to be put in place in order to reduce the impact. As society and technology moves forward the likelihood of electronic attacks increases. We are now seeing cities around the world becoming ‘wired’ and a heavy reliance is being put on this form of information exchange. Governments, businesses...