Cyber Security

Future Conflict and Cyber Security

Future conflict will be shaped by developments in cyberspace and advances in IT, artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems. This IISS research programme studies the details.

Adelphi book

China's Cyber Power

As China increasingly gains the economic benefits of global connectivity, the West’s technological edge is fast eroding. In this Adelphi, Nigel Inkster examines the political, historical and cultural development of China’s cyber power in light of evolving capabilities and governance structures.

  • Events

    Scanning the horizon for 2018: what's next in cyber and space?

    19 December 2017. 

    Tuesday 19 December, 3.30–5.30pm EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Sean Kanuck, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Todd Harrison, Director of Defense Budget Analysis; Director of Aerospace Security Project; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 7 to 13 December

    14 December 2017.  New US National Security Strategy targets cyber threats; Iranian hackers attack Middle East governments; Houthi rebels bring down internet in Yemen.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 30 November to 6 December

    07 December 2017.  Russian cyber fraudster convicted by US; artificial intelligence helps Facebook censor terrorist content; Indian troops told to delete Chinese phone apps.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 23 to 29 November

    30 November 2017.  Chinese hacker in US indictment linked to Beijing; Uber paid off hackers to conceal breach; Skype loses appeal against eavesdropping by authorities.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 16 to 21 November

    23 November 2017.  US makes exploits disclosure process transparent; ASEAN’s declaration to combat cybercrime; US urged to rethink automated vetting of immigrants.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 9 to 15 November

    16 November 2017.  UK prime minister accuses Russia of cyber-espionage; NATO commits to improving cyber defence; US fears surveillance by Chinese-made CCTVs.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 2 to 8 November

    09 November 2017.  China trains youths in counter-intelligence; encryption protects Texas shooter’s phone; US ‘hack back’ legislation could lead to cyber war, warns expert.

  • IISS Voices

    Cyber attacks: fight the disease, not the symptom

    08 November 2017.  Cyber security company Kaspersky Lab’s links to the Russian government prompted a hearing at the House of Representatives. Those giving evidence included IISS Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security Sean Kanuck – who says politicians and businesses should focus on cyber attackers themselves, rather than the methods they use.  

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 26 October to 1 November

    02 November 2017.  North Korea steals warship blueprint from South; Cyber attacks an act of war, according to EU draft paper; New York Times now available on dark web.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 19 to 25 October

    26 October 2017.  President Xi promises tougher censorship at party congress; Catalan hackers target Spanish high court; Canadian army hires offensive cyber operators.

Strategic Dossier

Cyber security has become a focal point for conflicting domestic and global interests, and increasingly for the projection of state power. 'Evolution of the Cyber Domain' contextualises the key developments since the 1950s.