The entire concept of information warfare has been greatly expanded with information and communication technology. Initially, information warfare was limited to media and propaganda that could easily be manufactured and distributed to influence perceptions. Today, with the internet, the entire information distribution model has changed allowing for many new points of interaction with potential recruits, followers and fighters.
While information warfare can take many forms, we have defined it within seven clear categories:
- Command & Control – Targeting leadership and infrastructure
- Intelligence-based – design, protection and denial of systems that seek knowledge to dominate the battlespace
- Electronic – Techniques to enhance, degrade, or intercept the flow of information
- Psychological – To affect a person’s perception
- Hacker – Attack and paralyze computer systems
- Economic – channeling or blocking information to pursue economic dominance
- Cyber & C4ISR – Using information systems against virtual personas of individuals or groups
While we have these defined categories, we are continually expanding the sub-categories within each to understand and prepare for any new tactics that are employed to assure that our clients are prepared with all appropriate retaliations.