Exploring the Evolving Nature of Cyber Conflicts
2nd part of our digital dicussion series "Cyberwarfare - Cyberpeacebuilding: On a Search for a Cooperative Security Architecture Cyberspace"
Are we moving in the digital domain steadily towards escalation? Is a cyber armament race inevitable and already unfolding? In recent years, more and more states have launched military cyber activities. It is estimated that about 140 military cyber programs operate today around the world. While these indicators point towards a growing intensity of cyber conflicts, it is important to note that the behavioral pattern in cyberspace is nevertheless marked by a relatively high degree of variety. For example, the nature of military cyber programs differs largely between offensive and defensive agendas. Moreover, the key players in the field seem to follow different goals, strategies, and tactics when it comes to cyber conflicts. The purpose of this session is to elaborate on the changing nature of cyber conflicts and the behavioral patterns show be key players of the digital domain.
Wyatt HOFFMAN, Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Washington D.C.
Monica KAMINSKA, Postdoctoral Researcher, The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at Leiden University – Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden
Matthias SCHULZE, Deputy Head, International Security Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin