US Foreign Policy Challenges of Non-State Actors’ Cyber Terrorism Against Critical Infrastructure

Jun 22nd, 2015
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Understanding why, how and with what consequences terrorists could and would want to use the cyber domain for their purposes is essential to formulating the best policy practices in preventing and managing the emergence of a cyber-empowered terrorist ‘community’.

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US Foreign Policy Challenges of Non-State Actors' Cyber Terrorism Against Critical InfrastructureUnderstanding why, how and with what consequences terrorists could and would want to use the cyber domain for their purposes is essential to formulating the best policy practices in preventing and managing the emergence of a cyber-empowered terrorist 'community'. Discourse analysis, epistemology and Sun Tzu's theory of war, along with other pertinent concepts of international relations provide a framework for looking at terrorists' motivations and activities in the cyber world.Technological developments have seen the virtual domain evolve dramatically, and the 21st century marked acceleration in both- the online world and the threats that arise from it. The recent years have experiences not only an enhanced access to the internet worldwide, greater capabilities of programs and a wider range of services. Computers have also brought technical, political, social and economic problems, with malware being born at a higher frequency than the curesfor it. Controls over targets and over attackers have become exceedingly difficult to achieve; and in the latter- practically impossible. More elaborate and complex hacking tendencies often target critical objects- private and public. Although for now, cyber is a domain of close attention in inter-state relations, the potential for terrorist groupings developing the capabilities, access and the motivation to target State and, indeed, private

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