Addressing Cyber Instability

Addressing Cyber Instability Monograph

Addressing Cyber Instability delves into the issues articulated in the previously released Executive Summary. Concluding over two years of research and analysis, the chapters focus on specific concerns in cyberspace: strategy, military doctrine and organization, non-state actors, and alternative approaches. The monograph is concluded with a primer on the vulnerabilities of US critical infrastructure and cyber security aimed at policymakers.

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For more information about the research and conferences that occurred leading up to the publishing of the executive summary and monograph click here.

August 2012 – “Addressing Cyber Instability” Monograph Launch Event

This event marked the launch of the CCSA Monograph following the release of its Executive Summary. Following two years of study, “Addressing Cyber Instability” brings together leading thinkers in the cyber security field to talk about five major research vectors — strategic-level issues, military and operational, non-state actors in cyberspace, domestic and international law, and approaches for mitigating cyber conflict. At the event, these leading thinkers discussed the concept of cyber instability and its implications for the future of cyberspace, making key recommendations for future US and international cyber policy. The panel also examined what an unstable environment means for long-term strategy, military operations, non-state actors, US and international law, and risk management in cyberspace.

With the emergence of cyberspace as an indispensable and irreplaceable part of the daily lives of individuals, companies, and entire nations; politics, economics, social interaction, and national security have been fundamentally altered, leading to new opportunities and threats. This rapidly growing dependence includes two core problems, one technical and one policy-related. For more information, the monograph is available online, in paperback, hardback, and ePub.

Addressing Cyber Instability Executive Summary

The executive summary is a precursor to the monograph surveying the field of cyber conflict and focusing on key recommendations across policy, strategy, military doctrine, and law. It focuses on how cyberspace is an inherently unstable national security domain. This affects alternative approaches and the role of non-state actors on defensive collaboration, such as waging proxy warfare on cyber battlefields, beyond national accountability or control. The sources and consequences of an unstable cyber environment such as the low cost of entry, abundant access points, and the difficulty of attribution—alter traditional power calculations, strategy, and deterrence. In such an unstable environment, the consequences of misinterpreted signals between nations may be catastrophic.

CCSA launched the executive summary in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, with sponsorship from Intelligent Decisions and Cisco.

Event Agenda 2011 Addressing Cyber Instability