This activity will explore Australia’s vulnerability to cyber warfare.
Watch the videos on Stuxnet, and the Lateline documentary
Read the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) paper on the Cyber Security Landscape
Paper attached in files uploaded
Read the AFR discussion of Australia’s development of cyber offensive capabilities
Please answer the following questions:
- Do you think that a physical military response is justified in response to a cyber attack?
- Are lethal cyber weapons, such as turning off the water supply or electricity, which can fatally affect civilian populations, a legitimate strategy during war time?
- The DSTO identifies increasing digitisation, increasing complexity, increasing outsourcing, lagging security posture, and increasing interconnectedness as vulnerabilities in Australia’s ICT infrastructure. Suggest strategies that the government can use to address these vulnerabilities.