The Ethics of Offensive Cyber Operations

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This chapter explores some of the ethical implications and policy challenges associated the use of offensive cyber operations (OCOs). It situates this analysis in the context of the recent avowal of the UK National Cyber Force, identifying some of major decisions that need to be taken about how and in what circumstances to use OCOs in support of UK objectives. The chapter advocates a focus on counterforce rather than countervalue targeting and the development of a minimum credible offensive cyber capability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinding Britain's role in a changing world
Subtitle of host publicationProjecting the UK's values abroad
PublisherForeign Policy Centre
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020


  • Cyber
  • Offensive Cyber
  • National Security


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