in

Joseph Nye: ‘The offense currently has the advantage over the defense’

Joseph Nye: 'The offense currently has the advantage over the defense' - top government contractors - best government contracting event
https://executivebiz-media.s3.amazonaws.com/2022/08/19/30/9f/c3/a0/b7/6f/d4/64/Executive-Biz.png

Harvard professor Joseph Nye recently released a publication that provided an in-depth examination of the context of power within cyber space and how its new characteristics have diffused power to actors in the virtual world.

In the publication, Nye explained that power lies in both the physical world and virtual world. In the physical world, global economic leaders, like the United States, have access to countless resources to defend against physical attacks, allowing them to have more power against smaller entities.

However, resources in the virtual world have no cost. This gives smaller actors more capacity to exercise power and has therefore altered the traditional politics of warfare.

“Because the Internet was designed for ease of use rather than security, the offense currently has the advantage over the defense,” Nye said.

He broke up the actors in cyberspace into three categories. These include governments, organizations with highly structured networks and individuals with lightly structured networks.

He added because of the diffusion of power between these three entities, not even the largest power is likely to be able to dominate the domain.

“Changes in information have always had an important impact on power, but the cyber domain is both a new and a volatile man-made environment,” he explained. “The characteristics of cyberspace reduce some of the power differentials among actors, and thus provide a good example of the diffusion of power that typifies global politics in this century.”

However, Nye believes cyberspace “is unlikely to be a game changer in power transitions.”

ExecutiveBiz Logo

Sign Up Now! ExecutiveBiz provides you with Daily Updates and News Briefings about Cybersecurity News

mm

Written by Admin

Inspector General Skinner Addresses Necessary US-CERT Improvements - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Inspector General Skinner Addresses Necessary US-CERT Improvements
Department of Navy CIO Robert Carey to be Reassigned - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Department of Navy CIO Robert Carey to be Reassigned