The Cyber War Has Not Begun

Expanded attention to cybersecurity is a good thing, but it seems that it is difficult to discuss this topic without exaggeration.  We are not in a ‘cyber war’.  War is the use of military force to attack another nation and damage or destroy its capability and will to resist.  Cyber war would involve an effort by another nation or a politically motivated group to use cyber attacks to attain political ends.  No nation has launched a cyber attack or cyber war against the United States.

James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program