Author Biography

Emilio Iasiello is the chief threat analyst for a global cyber intelligence firm, supporting federal and commercial entities to manage cyber risks, understand their threat environment, and help prioritize their investments against those threats impacting their business or mission. He has worked in cyber threat analysis since 2002 both as a government contractor and a government civilian with the Department of State and the Department of Defense, respectively. Emilio has written papers on the development of a new cyber threat analytic methodology, the cyber threat to aviation, a proposal to fix U.S. national cyber security efforts, and the IT Supply Chain.



Subject Area Keywords

Cybersecurity, Information operations, National power, National security


With the U.S. government acknowledgement of the seriousness of cyber threats, particularly against its critical infrastructures, as well as the Department of Defense officially labeling cyberspace as a war fighting domain, the Cold War strategy of deterrence is being applied to the cyber domain. However, unlike the nuclear realm, cyber deterrence must incorporate a wide spectrum of potential adversaries of various skill, determination, and capability, ranging from individual actors to state run enterprises. What’s more, the very principles that achieved success in deterring the launch of nuclear weapons during the Cold War, namely the threat of severe retaliation, cannot be achieved in cyberspace, thus neutralizing the potential effectiveness of leveraging a similar strategy. Attribution challenges, the ability to respond quickly and effectively, and the ability to sustain a model of repeatability prove to be insurmountable in a domain where actors operate in obfuscation.