The Cyber Operations Series: The End of Peace in Cyberspace

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Join RUSI for a discussion with leading cyber policy academic Lucas Kello on why policymakers fail to prevent cyberattacks and what response strategy is needed to counter such attacks.

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The rapid expansion of cyberspace and the rise of inter-state cyber rivalries mean that offensive cyber operations have become increasingly common, as shown by the Russian election interference in the 2016 US presidential elections and as is reflected in a number of offensive cyber strategies adopted by a variety of states.

In his book Striking Back – the End of Peace in Cyberspace - And How to Restore It, Dr Lucas Kello argues that current policies fail to prevent cyberattacks. Based on a number of case studies and interviews with decision-makers, Kello argues for a new approach: a concentrated and coordinated response strategy that targets adversaries’ interests and so recaptures the initiative.

The discussion with Dr Lucas Kello is moderated by Conrad Prince CB, RUSI Distinguished Fellow and former Director General for Operations at GCHQ.

Speaker's biography

Dr Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations at Oxford University and codirector of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He is the author of The Virtual Weapon and International Order (Yale University Press).

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