The Cyber Desk Review is a periodic report and analysis that addresses two main subjects: cyber-terrorism (offensive, defensive, and the media, and the main topics of jihadist discourse); and cyber-crime, whenever and wherever it is linked to jihad (funding, methods of attack). The Cyber Desk Review addresses the growing significance that cyberspace plays as a battlefield in current and future conflicts, as shown in the recent increase in cyber-attacks on political targets, crucial infrastructure, and the Web sites of commercial corporations.
The potential of cyberspace was identified by terror organizations over a decade ago. However, in recent years there is a significant uptick in the use of the internet and the sophistication of such use. Where initially terror organizations utilized static websites, then later incorporated basic interactive elements, and today, through social media and various applications, these organization are active online and offer fully interactive experiences for their users. ISIS is considered a trail blazer as far as online innovation is concerned.