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China and CybersecurityEspionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain$
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Jon R. Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, and Derek S. Reveron

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201265.001.0001

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China and Information Security Threats

China and Information Security Threats

Policy Responses in the United States

(p.297) Chapter 12 China and Information Security Threats
China and Cybersecurity

Fred H. Cate

Oxford University Press

The risks posed by cyberthreats are rapidly escalating as our dependence on stored digital data and digital networks expands. Cyberattacks identified as originating in China, and in some cases alleged to have been launched by the Chinese government itself, are playing an increasingly influential role in motivating policy responses in the United States. Meanwhile, disclosures about US behavior have significantly weakened US credibility. This chapter examines some of the key characteristics of digital data and networked control systems, as well as of the cybersecurity threats that target them; the US regulatory and policy approach to defending against cyberattacks; and the role of China in influencing that approach. It concludes by addressing some critical but unresolved issues about the essential role of law and policy and of the relationship between the United States and China in the fight to secure data and networks.

Keywords:   United States, China, cybersecurity, Internet politics, Sino-American relations, cybersecurity policy

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