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The Cybersecurity DilemmaHacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations$
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Ben Buchanan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190665012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190665012.001.0001

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Limitations, Objections, and the Future of the Cybersecurity Dilemma

Limitations, Objections, and the Future of the Cybersecurity Dilemma

(p.141) 7 Limitations, Objections, and the Future of the Cybersecurity Dilemma
The Cybersecurity Dilemma

Ben Buchanan

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers three counterarguments to the cybersecurity dilemma logic. It shows that even if the cybersecurity threat does not pose an existential risk, it is vitally important and can animate the security dilemma. It shows that regardless of one’s views on attributing cyber attacks—many believe that attribution is difficult or impossible—the cybersecurity dilemma is likely to be a problem. It lastly shows that even though cyber weapons are different from kinetic ones, convergence is likely and the cybersecurity dilemma is still significant, and will likely grow in significance.

Keywords:   Cybersecurity dilemma, Attribution, Kinetic weapons, Existential risk

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