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March 2017

Cyber-physical attacks: Dawn of a new age in cyber-warfare?

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This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series explores the application of cyber power in international relations.

Table Of Contents

  • While some of the wider assertions that cyber warfare will replace traditional means are unrealistic, cyber warfare has a real place in modern conflict.
  • Cyber-physical attacks should act as a wakeup call, and every organisation needs to take appropriate action to protect their own networks.
  • While no major cyber-physical attacks so far has resulted in a loss of human life, there is no doubt these capabilities will be developed – it would be wise to consider how to defend against potential threats before they are realised.

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