IronNet Monthly Global Threat Update

In our third monthly global threat update, we briefly underscore some of the geopolitical, kinetic, and cyber trends/activity from the last month distilled in a few high-level takeaways.

On March 7, Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the role of these organizations in preventing and defeating cyberattacks on the United States. In his speech, Gen. Nakasone stated, “China is learning from Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere” and further noted “the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as our military’s pacing challenge.”

We believe these two comments from his remarks are: A) particularly symbolic of the current shift in geopolitical dynamics, and B) strategic areas for the private sector to be considering as part of its corporate risk assessments. When considering the circumstances and risks (cyber and otherwise) stemming from the Ukraine-Russia War, it’s important to also think of the additional geopolitical implications that may not be as apparent, like China’s response to the war.

The tension between China and the West is playing out in the news in the form of warnings from China about Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visiting the U.S. and Central America, as well as coverage of China forming new alliances in the Middle East and acting as the middle-man in peace talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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