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Digital Dependence: Cybersecurity in the 21st Century


October 14, 2010

Author: Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Project

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Explorations in Cyber International Relations


In this briefing, Digital Dependence: Cybersecurity in the 21st Century, Melissa Hathaway highlights the history of the Internet and the tensions between economic and national security goals. The Internet has co-mingled and connected every nation and nearly all essential services, and has blurred the lines of sovereign assets and commercial space. This digital entanglement of private and public infrastructure has further made it difficult to draw a distinction between military and civilian systems and property. Throughout the briefing, she highlights key events, trends, and where the private sector is driving innovation and adoption with a value proposition of productivity and efficiency and consumer usability of technology.  She contrasts these benefits with the events and trends by which this same technology and attendant services are being exploited for crime and conflict. She concludes the briefing highlighting the strategic nature of the situation and recommends a number of areas for engagement.




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For Academic Citation:

Hathaway, Melissa. "Digital Dependence: Cybersecurity in the 21st Century." Presentation. October 14, 2010.

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