Friday, March 23, 2012

Beware of Cyber China

by Paul Rosenzweig
Hoover Institution
March 16, 2012
Cyberspace vulnerabilities are not driving the policy debate today in Washington. Instead, what seems to have seized the imagination of so many is the prospect of a true cyberwar. But we’ve never had a real cyberwar so there is no solid data on the threats that exist. We can only assess the potential for cyberwar by measuring the capabilities or our possible adversaries, and then only by educated guess work. We have no clear sense of true intent. As a result we lack a solid quantifiable risk assessment of the cyber threat to national security and this leaves policy makers only with speculation as to the extent of our risk from a cyber attack by a willful cyber opponent. The uncertainty does not, however, prevent us from thinking about the problem.

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