The "Cybersecurity: Foreign Policymakers' Zero Day" Edition

The "Cybersecurity: Foreign Policymakers' Zero Day" Edition

The ITS Café

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In to Adam Segal’s seminal book The Hacked World Order, he describes the cybersecurity term “Zero Day” as an “unknown software vulnerabilit[y] that allow[s] an attacker to access a computer, router, or server; never having detected these flaws before, developers have zero days to fix or patch them.”

In the same way, the introduction of cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, mass disinformation, cryptocurrencies, the internet of things, and now, the introduction of 5G, has given makers and analysts of foreign policy zero days to catch up and patch the holes in policy. Policymakers must now reckon with the question: Where are the flaws in our foreign policy, and can we patch them in time?

Chief Editor and host of The ITS Café Cameron Vaské and International Scholars Alba Bonilla Carabaño and Scott Chipolina take a closer look at the world of cybersecurity and its implications for foreign policy, international relations theory, and international law in this episode of The ITS Café.

The reason why cybersecurity has become such a paradigm shift in the way we analyze international relations is that it’s fundamentally changing the ways that states use the different toolsets [at their disposal] and the way that states interact with one another.
— Cameron Vaské

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