Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

Cybersecurity and Tailored Deterrence

Franklin D. Kramer, Melanie J. Teplinsky

January 2014

Atlantic Council


To create a more stable and secure cyber space, "Cybersecurity and Tailored Deterrence" by Franklin D. Kramer, distinguished fellow for the Brent Scowcroft Center, and Melanie J. Teplinsky, adjunct professorial lecturer at American University’s Washington College of Law, recommends that the United States utilize a hybrid model of cybersecurity with tailored deterrence as a key element, thereby shifting from the current defense-only cybersecurity paradigm. Tailored deterrence raises the costs of, and reduces the benefits from, cyber attacks, and can thereby serve as a key element of a cybersecurity strategy designed to reduce adversarial intrusion into US private, commercial, and governmental networks.