The article linked below, written by a distant relative of mine, outlines the historical precedence for today’s modern cyber warfare. The kind that wreaks of election meddling that has America in an uproar. As we examine history, it becomes almost incredible that we would not have anticipated our great social media platforms to be infiltrated and weaponized against us. But if history proves one thing, it is that history repeats itself.

History is one way to predict future risk. Patterns emerge that can help us be wary and mindful of risk. And disinformation is just one front on which modern cyber warfare is waged. Another important front is economics, which is why it is so beneficial that the cofounder of Threat Sketch has an extensive background in the subject. His experience analyzing monetary risk for insurance companies and the FDIC helps us recognize and leverage broader patterns.

Here are a couple of choice quotes from the article linked to below which weaves a rich tapestry of geopolitical deception. The lessons within are plain and, unless we learn from those lessons and apply ourselves differently, the future is quite clear.

“According to one influential Russian general, Valery Gerasimov, future wars will be fought with a four to one ratio of non-military (mainly cyber) to military measures. Such interferences are indeed an act of war.”

“If we can’t come to an international understanding of respect for the electoral process and stop using information as a weapon of war, all independent nations will face a crescendo of escalating cyber warfare which will undermine democracy and distort and destabilize national autonomy everywhere.”

For the full story read The Long Record of US and Russian Interference in Other Countries’ Elections by Blake Fleetwood, a former New York Times reporter.

About the Author Rob Arnold: Rob, founder and CEO of Threat Sketch, has worked in internet security for over 20 years, including launching his own consulting firm to provide executive IT and security consulting to small, medium and Fortune 100 companies.