Private Sector Cyber Weapons: An Adequate Response to the Sovereignty Gap?
15 January 2019
Lucas Kello's book chapter titled "Private Sector Cyber Weapons: An Adequate Response to the Sovereignty Gap?" has been published in Herbert Lin and Amy Zegart, Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2019).
The paper asks: What are the possible strategic and other consequences of enabling the private sector to arm itself with active defenses? Little or no systematic analysis of this question exists. The paper argues that while the potential defensive and other benefits of private-sector arms are significant, the risks to defenders, innocent parties, and international conflict stability are notably greater.