Welcome to The Alert

a space for informed discussion on offensive cyber.

Established in June 2021, The Alert is a blog focusing on offensive cyber. This is to encourage debate, reflection, and comment from around the world. We accept a range of submissions which you can send to alert@offensivecyber.org. You can subscribe for updates at the bottom of this page.

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Offensive Cyber Beyond the Usual Suspects

The world’s attention remains focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the start of the conflict, cybersecurity experts and scholars have engaged in a heated debate over the perceived success and failure of cyber operations. Major crises such as this have also resurfaced questions around the role, form, tactics, and narratives that configure what offensive…

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Subversion over Offense: Why the Practice of Cyber Conflict looks nothing like its Theory and what this means for Strategy and Scholarship

Cyber attacks are both exciting and terrifying, but the ongoing obsession with ‘cyber warfare’ clouds analysis and hampers strategy development. Much commentary and analysis of cyber conflict continues to use the language of war, where actors use ‘offensive cyber operations’ to meet adversaries in ‘engagements’ striving for victory on the ‘battlefield’ in the ‘cyber domain’.…

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Does the Cyber Offense Have the Advantage?

There is a simple conjecture that is quite common in all aspects of society: “the best defense is a good offense.” This idea persists and leads to the belief that action can trump protection in cyber security because of its simplicity and the general failure to evaluate claims with evidence. The complexity of computers can…

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Active Cyber Defense: panacea or snake oil?

by Dr. Sven Herpig and Max Heinemeyer Active Cyber Defense is coming to the European Union. The EU is currently working on an update of its Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive) which, inter alia, includes a provision on active cyber defense. In other places, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and…

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