What do we know about cyber escalation? Observations from simulations and surveys

Benjamin Jensen, Brandon Valeriano
Content Type
Policy Brief
Atlantic Council
Do cyber operations alter how states respond to international crises in a way that creates incentives for decision makers to cross the Rubicon and use military force to settle disputes? This question is central to current cyber strategy debates and the idea of persistent engagement and defending forward in cyberspace. The answer is surprising: no. Based on the evidence, cyber operations offer a valuable escalatory offramp.
Security, Science and Technology, Cybersecurity, Crisis Management
Political Geography
Global Focus