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A New Approach Needed to Address Cybercrimes


The internet was commercialized 27 years ago; a symbol that the end of the cold war meant universal adoption of liberal democracy. That was utopian.

Cyberspace is now a playground for espionage and crime. This was not always apparent because spies like secrecy, and companies didn’t publicize hackings. Now, cybercrime can’t be hidden. Hostile nations like Russia and North Korea openly hack.

Cybersecurity requires new policies and improved company defenses. Currently, there is also no penalty for cyberattacks. There should be consequences. Change won’t be easy, but it’s possible. We must take a new approach designed for 2017, not 1995.

James Lewis, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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