Myth Debunked - Cyber Offense is not the Best Defense


For the Internet Governance Forum 2019 in Berlin, Matthias Kettemann and Stephan Dreyer collected myths about the internet and their respective debunking explanations. Sven Herpig contributed a discussion about whether having good offensive cyber means will bolster the security of a state. He comes to the following conclusion: The use or threat of preemptive offensive cyber capabilities does not deter adversaries from attacking you. The use of better IT security and resilience mechanisms might also not deter them (“deterrence-by-denial”), but will decrease the likelihood that they succeed and therefore increase security for your government, businesses, critical infrastructures and citizens.

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Internet Governance Forum Berlin
November 25, 2019

Dr. Sven Herpig