The latest update to General Dominance Theory was released last week. This is the first major update since the original work was published in 2014, and includes improvements to terminology and introduces the concept of the Desired End State Space, a tool to help cyber warfighters focus time and money on goals that will lead to success in the cyber domain.
CyberDominance.com is the home of Cyber Dominance Theory (CDT).
Cyber Dominance Theory is an application of General Dominance Theory. It provides guidelines for how to achieve dominance in the Cyber Domain. All developments in CDT will be published and discussed on CyberDominance.com.
Introduction to Cyber Dominance Theory
- General Dominance Theory. GDT, originally developed for Navy Information warfare, is a guide for achieving dominance in any domain.
- Cyber Security Fundamentals. The topical technical knowledge related to computer and network security, and the behavior of the people who use them.
General Dominance Theory -> Cyber Dominance Theory
General Dominance Theory (GDT) can be applied to any domain. To apply it to the cyber domain, we will need to do the following:
- Define the Cyber Domain and terms of cyber warfare
- Define the Six Critical Controls of Cyber Dominance (SCC-C)
- Translate the SCCC into a Cyber Warfare Framework
Dominance is what we want in the Cyber Domain, because being dominant means that if we don’t want to be hacked, we won’t get hacked. If we want to hack, we can. If we want to communicate, we can. If we want to deny our adversary’s communications, we can. Users have the access they need.
GDT defines Dominance as: the state in the battle space where a desired image of reality can be achieved completely despite the will of an adversary. Therefore, Cyber Dominance is: the state in the Cyber Domain where a desired image of cyber reality can be achieved completely despite the will of an adversary.
The struggle for Cyber Dominance is cyber war, and the actions we take to win the war are all part of Cyber Warfare. Cyber Warfare is the pursuit of Cyber Dominance.
Perception of Reality (POR) and Ability to Affect Reality (ATA) are required to achieve Dominance, therefore Perception of Reality in the Cyber Domain (POR-C) and Ability to Affect Reality in the Cyber Domain (ATA-C) are required to achieve Cyber Dominance. Cyber Warfare is also the struggle against an adversary to achieve and retain a perfect ATA-C and POR-C:
The Cyber Dominance Theory page contains a thorough overview of CDT and links to other topics about CDT. You can also find all CDT publications, tools, and diagrams from that page.