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Virtualizarea mediului operaţional
The virtualization of the operational environment

Author(s): Marian Stefan
Subject(s): Political history, Security and defense, Military policy, Present Times (2010 - today), ICT Information and Communications Technologies, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: INFOSFERA - Revista de studii de securitate si Informații pentru Apărare
Keywords: operational environment; virtual environment; technology; hybrid threats;

Summary/Abstract: Cyber operations operated by state actors and non-state entities to recognize and gain presence in relevant networks take place every second and are nowadays a permanent feature of cyberspace. The greatest risk posed by these actions is given by the erroneous attribution of the attacker and the positioning and reaction of the response structures that could give a misinterpretation of the type of cyber attack and therefore could cause a series of retaliation as a result, and escalating the situation could easily get out of hand. A number of other risks involve the acquisition of cyber capabilities by criminal or terrorist organizations and the ease with which they can be turned into highly effective offensive tools in the free market. In conclusion, virtual space has inevitably become a key new segment of the operational environment, risking both the actions of non-state actors and competition between states in the 21st century. The development of information technology has changed the nature of conflicts by creating an additional layer of complexity of traditional battle spaces. Almost global access to the virtual environment has created many opportunities to engage in online battles that affect events both in the physical realm, such as computer systems, and in the cognitive realm of people’s attitudes and beliefs.

  • Issue Year: XIV/2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 59-68
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian