Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Paul R. Viotti

Keywords

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Deterrence, Cybersecurity, Deterrence, Homeland Defense, Homeland Security

Abstract

Title: Robustness: A New U.S. Cyber Deterrence Strategy

Completed by: Eric DeCampos

Date of Completion: August 2013

Abstract:

The growing trend of computer network attacks provokes the necessity for a comprehensive cyber deterrence strategy to deter aggressors from attacking U.S. critical infrastructure. The current U.S. cyber deterrence strategy based on punishment is ineffective in deterring aggressors as evidenced by the increasing number of computer network attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure. Therefore, the U.S. should look towards an alternative strategy based on robustness to deny enemy objectives and absorb attacks. To identify the superior cyber deterrence strategy, this study uses a qualitative assessment based on open-sourced information to evaluate the effectiveness of each strategy. The findings of this study show that a deterrence strategy centered on robustness can be more effective in deterring aggressors. As a result, the United States would be better served to reform its cyber deterrence strategy by establishing a capability to absorb computer network attacks and deny enemy objectives as a deterrent.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Eric Matthew DeCampos

File size

96 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

International relations, Political Science

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