Cyberwar Issues Likely to Be Addressed Only After a Catastrophe – Wired Threat Level

When it comes to developing cyberwarfare policy, the United States will likely wait for a catastrophic event and then overreact, rather than plan ahead, said former intelligence chief Mike McConnell at the RSA Conference on Wednesday.

McConnell was pessimistic that Congress and the public would get its act together in time to debate and sort out all the questions that need to be answered about what constitutes cyberwar and how the government and private sector should respond when faced with incidents that fit the definition.