From Cybercrime to Cyberwar? The International Policy Shift and its Implications for Canada
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Vol.19 (2), 127-143, 2013
38 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015 Last revised: 29 Dec 2015
Date Written: June 1, 2013
Countries are creating strategies to defend themselves from cyberwar and cyber-espionage in response to cyber attacks such as Stuxnet, Flame and the use of social media in national conflicts. Nations are grouping in blocs for these strategies along traditional international-relations lines. Combating cybercrime is becoming more difficult, and less important, as a result, since potential partners in crime-fighting must increasingly treat each other as cyber opponents. Canada should not abandon potential partnerships with China, Russia and their allies because of increased cyber-warfare concerns. Canada should strive for a middle ground that that will allow Canada to cooperate with every country as long as that cooperation advances the Canadian interest in a more secure cyberspace for Canadians.
Keywords: cybercrime, cyberwar, cyber-strategy, stuxnet, cyber-security
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