Military leaders around the world are closely watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which just entered its fifth month, but perhaps none more than those in China are tracking the intricacies of Russia’s cyberattacks designed to further cripple Kyiv.
Cybersecurity experts and China observers who spoke to CyberScoop strongly believe that Beijing’s military leaders are learning from Russia’s approach to cyberspace — missteps and all — during the Ukraine conflict. There are implications not only for the U.S., but for China’s neighbor Taiwan, which a U.S. official said in 2021 could be subject to a Chinese invasion in the next six years.
Shawn Henry, a former top FBI official and the head of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike’s incident response division, gathered a group of corporate chief information security officers at last month’s RSA cybersecurity conference and told them they needed to start planning for how a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and the potential U.S. response, would affect their companies’ ability to keep operating.
“China is absolutely watching what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine, what the U.S. is doing or not,” Henry said. The message he delivered to those CISOs: “Are you thinking about what happens if your supply chain is shut down? What about continuity of operations? What does it look like?”