Targeting focuses on achieving stakeholder objectives. It is the function of targeting to achieve efficiently those objectives within the parameters set at the operational level, directed limitations, the rules of engagement, or rules for the use of force in the cyber world, and other guidance given by stakeholders.
Targeting seeks to create specific desired effects through adversary infiltration and data extraction. Target analysis encompasses all possible means to create desired effects, drawing from all available capabilities. The art of targeting seeks to create desired effects with the least risk and expenditure of time and resources. Targeting is a fundamental task of cyber operations that encompasses many disciplines and requires participation from skilled intelligence operators with many different capabilities that far exceed technical skills.