Risk Aversion Is at the Heart of the Cyber Response Dilemma | New Blog by Monica Kaminska

Risk Aversion Is at the Heart of the Cyber Response Dilemma | New Blog by Monica Kaminska

Blog / 1 Apr 2021

Monica Kaminska writes about how Western countries view the cyber domain as a highly uncertain and potentially escalatory environment, which takes more forceful response options off the table for the Council of Foreign Relations' Net Politics blog.

The New York Times recently received swift pushback from the White House against a claim that it was preparing a “cyberstrike” against Russia in retaliation for the SolarWinds/Sunburst campaign. The Biden administration’s desire to tone down such rhetoric is not a surprise. Although the SolarWinds campaign appears to have been limited to espionage, the kind which the Five Eyes doubtlessly engage in themselves, meaningful and commensurate responses have proven difficult for the United States, even in the context of more disruptive or destructive cyber operations.

Read the entire blog on the Council of Foreign Relations' website here.

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