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New Publications on Unconventional Threats by NSA’s Scott Jasper

By Catherine L. Grant
November 4, 2016

Professor Scott Jasper has recently had two articles published, one on cyber threats and the other on ISIS. The first article, “US Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing Frameworks,” was published in the recent issue of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. In the article, Jasper advocates the urgent need “to share what is known about attacks, because the faster and more broadly various types of cyber threat intelligence are shared, the more other organizations can theoretically stop similar attacks.” The article also discusses various cyber threat intelligence configurations (e.g., HUMIT, SIGINT), federal government structures concerned with addressing cyber threats, and the challenges of coordinating the sharing of cyber threat information. He concludes the article on an optimistic note by briefly mentioning some of the efforts and organizations involved in sharing cyber threat intelligence.

The second article, “ISIS: An Adaptive Hybrid Threat in Transition,” is co-authored with Scott Moreland and was published in late October by the Small Wars Journal. The authors discuss six hybrid threat characteristics of ISIS (blended tactics, flexible structures, terrorism, disregard for international law, information warfare, and organized criminal activity) as they pertain to regional, transitional, and adaptive operation designs. They conclude with four broad recommendations, stating, “An understanding of how ISIS has operated as a hybrid threat in each operational design will lead to more effective strategies to counter them.”

To read “US Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing Frameworks,” click here.

To read “ISIS: An Adaptive Hybrid Threat in Transition,” click here.