Heading Off State-Sponsored Hacker Attacks

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Time and time again companies, organizations, and government agencies have proven that they can’t completely secure their computer networks from hackers – particularly nation-states with the resources to pursue access persistently. Instead of focusing solely on network defense, the United States can adopt a deterrence strategy that dissuades foreign governments from targeting U.S. systems in cyberspace. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Michael Sulmeyer, the Director of the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at Harvard University, about what a deterrence strategy might look like, and what it can and cannot do to  prevent malicious cyber activity from targeting U.S. institutions.

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