Berlin Security Beat

Episode 08: “Cyber (In-)Security”

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Tarah Wheeler, a Cyber Project Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and an expert on information security and international conflict, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about cyber security. They discuss: • the difference between cyber espionage and cyber war, • whether deterrence can work in cyberspace, • what the cyber future of warfare will look like, • and what that entails for military planning and procurement.

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