One, presumably unintended, consequence of the use of the term ‘warfare’ for these cyber attacks is that most organisations’ insurance will be invalidated. We’re seeing this argument being made in the case of Mondelez…:
[…] Carter said the increasing digitisation of society was opening new ways to execute “political warfare” through the use and abuse of information, online espionage, state-backed cyber attacks and intellectual property theft, among other things, often backed by “clever propaganda and fake news”.
This required a strategic response integrating “all of the levers of national power”, said Carter, as he set out a new operational approach that, it is hoped, will bring a renewed coherence and consistency to Britain’s defence strategy in the 2020s.
“Our modernised force will be framed through the integration of five domains – space, cyber and information, maritime, air and land,” he said. “This will change the way we fight and the way we develop capability.
“Our new UK Strategic Command, which formally stands up next week as the successor to Joint Forces Command, is charged with driving the essential integration across the modernised force to achieve multi-domain effect. It will develop and generate the capabilities we need to operate successfully in this sub-threshold context – or grey zone, as some call it – including space, cyber, special operations and information operations. It will also command the strategic base, including the fixed parts of our global footprint, and the support, medical and logistic capability that enables operational deployment and mobilisation.”