OMG Cyber! Thirteen Reasons Why Hype Makes for Bad Policy

Robert Lee, Thomas Rid

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For many austerity-hit Western countries, the defence budget has been a prime target for significant cuts. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the United States. Yet one element of the Pentagon's budget continues to grow: cyber. High-profile security breaches at the corporate level and reports of cyber-espionage at the national level seemingly justify the vast sums involved in ensuring cyber-security. However, Robert M Lee and Thomas Rid argue that ‘cyber-angst’ is damaging – and self-serving. In this article, they list thirteen reasons why such cyber-security hype is counterproductive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-12
Number of pages9
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number5
Early online date4 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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