Cybersecurity and Tailored Deterrence

Author
Franklin D. Kramer, Melanie J. Teplinsky
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Atlantic Council
Abstract
Cyber has become the new conflict arena. It ranks as one of the greatest national security challenges facing the United States for three reasons. First, as the revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA's) activities suggest, cyber offense has far outpaced cyber defense. Second, cyber capabilities are prevalent worldwide and increasingly are being used to achieve the strategic goals of nations and actors adverse to the United States. Third, it is highly unlikely that cyber espionage and other cyber intrusions will soon cease. While the NSA disclosures focus on the United States and the United Kingdom, there is little doubt that China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and others are engaged in significant cyber activities. The fundamental question is whether the cyber realm can, consistent with the national interest, be made more stable and secure.
Topic
Defense Policy, Science and Technology, Military Strategy
Political Geography
Russia, United States, China, United Kingdom, Iran, North Korea