1. We are defending against the past, not protecting against the future. The West severely lags behind our adversaries in cyberwar. The past 16 InfowarCons (held in the U.S. and E.U. from 1994-2010) brought together military, private sector and law enforcement under the meme, “we are all in this together.” The so-called ‘Black’ areas of the intelligence community have cloaked much of the offensive side of Information Warfare in secrecy. Many of those actors agree that we must demystify the offensive view and, as with defense, teach offense, as the bad guys typically have better access to such information than even the defenders of critical infrastructures.
2. As new technologies are introduced, economic interests have dominated the benefits. The upside? They bring humanity. We ignore the downside. InfowarCon will explore the weaponization of today’s technologies, laboratory and pre-commercialization developments and the future technologies. (We will treat Kinetic, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons only as payloads of information systems. Other training congresses will delve more deeply into these areas.)