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Britain's emerging cyber-strategy

Lonsdale, David J.


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Dr David Lonsdale
Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA War Studies/ Programme Director, MA Strategy and International Security


© RUSI JOURNAL AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016. In recent years, cyber-power has attracted a great deal of attention in government strategy and security reviews. This has been matched by regular increases in budget and the establishment of new organisations to co-ordinate UK activity in cyberspace. The result is the emergence of UK cyber-strategy. However, David J Lonsdale argues that at present UK cyber-strategy is not comprehensive, nor does it cohesively bring together the different elements of cyber-power to effectively serve UK policy objectives. Here, he identifies the components of the UK’s emerging cyber-strategy and assesses the UK’s approach against a comprehensive cyber-strategy framework. The latter includes seven elements: defence; cyber-espionage; information manipulation; widespread disruptive attacks; raids; joint operations; and deterrence.


Lonsdale, D. J. (2016). Britain's emerging cyber-strategy. RUSI Journal, 161(4), 52-62.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 29, 2016
Publication Date 2016-09
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2018
Journal RUSI journal
Print ISSN 0307-1847
Electronic ISSN 1744-0378
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 161
Issue 4
Pages 52-62
Keywords Cyber-strategy; Cyber-security
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in: RUSI journal, 2016. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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