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Cyber ThreatsThe Emerging Fault Lines of the Nation State$
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Susan W Brenner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385014.001.0001

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

(p.227) Chapter 8 Where Do We Go From Here?
Cyber Threats

Susan W. Brenner

Oxford University Press

Nation-states use a bipartite response system to maintain order: Professional law enforcement officers overtly maintain internal order by responding to violations of the criminal rules that control chaos within a state; and professional military personnel overtly maintain external order by responding to assaults from other nation-states. The activities of both implicitly maintain order by discouraging internal rule violations and external attacks. However, this system is not adept at dealing with threats vectored through cyberspace. There are two ways we can go about doing this: One is to retain the default nation-state governance structure but modify our current threat response processes so they are effective in both the real and virtual worlds. The other option is to replace the threat response processes we presently rely upon with an entirely new approach to maintaining order; this might, or might not, involve replacing the nation-state with a governing configuration that is not predicated on, and therefore limited by, territory. This chapter explores both options.

Keywords:   nation-state, cyberattacks, law enforcement, cyberwarfare

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