RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 40ISSUE 4members only

Addressing Cyber-Enabled Information Operations


Main Image Credit Speakers' Corner. Courtesy of Leonard Bentley/Flickr.


Perhaps the greatest current cyberspace threat is cyber-enabled information operations, which strike at the narratives that underlie social cohesion. The long-term solution is education in critical thinking, but some legal changes could help blunt the effects in the short term.

In the three decades since cyberspace entered the public consciousness, much of the strategic discussion about it has been focused on using cyber capabilities to affect physical systems. For example, cyber attacks on power plants, dams, uranium enrichment facilities and pipelines have all garnered huge attention. This kind of attack seemed futuristic and exciting – a completely new area of operations. Only in 2016, when Russian attempts to influence the US presidential

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Professor Gary Brown

Senior Associate Fellow

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