Governments Looking to Civilians for Cyber-Security
Conversations / March 13, 2017

An article came out in January reporting Thai government looking to recruit civilians for cyber warriors. [Source] “The junta’s move follows a recent series of cyberattacks, reportedly mounted by the hacktivist group Anonymous, in retaliation for Thailand passing a newly amended cyber law, widely considered to be restrictive to users’ internet freedom.” Interestingly, this same idea was mentioned publically back in 2015 by our own government. [Source] But is this a good idea? We have seen the discussion of failure on proper vetting for bringing in refugees into the Country. Will the US Government do a better job in vetting civilians to access their servers? Personally, I think it’s an interesting idea. The fact they are even contemplating this idea gives us a good tell on where we are with cyber-security. If they are seriously considering to recruit civilians to help defend the servers, then they must be overwhelmed with activity against us. My initial questions on how would they go about to do this? Access a. Would this be via remote? This opens additional issues of security. b. Access via physical in network computers. Then you would have to find civilians near a military base. Training a. This would…