Kevin Coleman is a senior fellow at the Technolytics Institute and former chief strategist at Netscape. (File) ()
Cyber wargaming (or, as many call it, cyber attack simulation) has really taken off lately, and not just in the defense and intelligence communities. It has permeated throughout the government, the military and the intelligence communities and is rapidly making headway into the business community as well, particularly within the critical infrastructure provider community. While progress has been made in leveraging this approach to test cyber defenses and attack response capabilities as well as enhance the educational experience of all the participants, continued advancement is required to stay ahead of the threats we face today and in the not so distant future. One of those advancements now emerging is the use of individuals who would apply out-of-box disruptive thinking to the cyber wargaming competition. Out-of-box disruptive thinking is the mental process involving creative thinkers who are technology-aware and apply their free thinking process to areas, methods and techniques that truly focus on the cyber conflict domain.
Disruptive thinking applied to offensive cyber operations provides the element of surprise that is extremely difficult to defend against! It creates unique opportunities longtime military planners never thought of because of their constrained thinking. If the cyber wargame is to truly test the offensive and defensive capabilities of the players, someone who has the ability to see things differently and is confident enough to share that vision is a necessity. Did you have an out-of-box disruptive thinker in your last cyber wargame? There is still a long way to go to leverage the hacker mindset into the cyber wargaming methodologies that are used today! Cyber wargame exercise planners must look for more unexpected, seemingly counterintuitive ideas and concepts in this rapidly evolving area of modern conflict. This technique will undoubtedly be applied at upcoming wargame simulations in the military, the intelligence community and the private sector.