CYBER WEAPONS AND DETERRENCE
Wanic, Elizabeth E.
Rowe, Neil C.
Denning, Dorothy E.
MetadataShow full item record
With the increasing frequency of cyberattacks, there has been growing discussion on whether these actions can be deterred, and if so, how it can be accomplished. At the same time, there is a lack of international agreement on norms and standards for the use and development of cyber weapons. This thesis examines existing deterrence theory and addresses ts applicability in cyberspace. It describes differences between cyber weapons and conventional weapons and outlines the implications these differences can have on the effectiveness of cyber weapons as a deterrent. Expected outcomes of the cyber operation actions taken by the United States and its adversaries, including Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, are highlighted. Possible actions with a potential deterrence effect are discussed, including stockpiling cyber weapons, using deception, imposing sanctions, creating international agreements, retaliating with conventional weapons, improving defenses, developing automated counterattack mechanisms, and mounting offensive cyber actions. The effectiveness of these actions as deterrents to adversaries and recommendations for U.S. policy are made.
Approved for public release. distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Frebowitz, Ryan L. (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2018-06);Since Bitcoin’s release in late 2008, the cryptocurrency has grown and proven itself as a disruptive technology, resistant to sovereign law and international financial regulations, and an alternative to the sovereign state’s ...
Neo, Yong Shern (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2013-09);The main objective of the thesis is to develop an unclassified MATLAB-based Weapons Systems Effectiveness program with user-friendly Excel-based Graphical User Interface to evaluate the effectiveness of Air-to-Surface (AS) ...
Leon, Hayden Louis Jr. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1976-03);The ship acquisition process consists of the development and production of a ship and its systems by organizations bound into a structure by existing laws, regulations, and practices. One of the major determinants of ...