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Even as the United States and its allies carry out aerial bombardments in Iraq and Syria, their target, Daesh (ISIS), may be preparing to retaliate on another front. By taking the battle into cyberspace, Daesh would gain many of the advantages of asymmetric warfare – unless the U.S. organizes itself to counter the group's efforts.Even if Daesh does not currently have the capability to carry out cyberattacks, it is unlikely to find it difficult to recruit followers with the requisite expertise; in the past, other terrorist and insurgent organizations, including Al-Qaeda, have done just that.The U.S. would be wise to consider expanding the fight by recruiting civilian volunteers.In the U.S., the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps has organized itself to respond to cyberattacks.The Department of Homeland Security has already considered creating a "cyber reserve" of computer experts, and a report by Booz Allen Hamilton, a technology and security firm, suggested similar efforts to provide the U.S. with more cyber warriors in the event of an attack.
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