The Christian Science Monitor on the US and its increasing transparency on offensive cyber capabilities as part of its cyber deterrence policy:

The Pentagon’s new transparency on its offensive capability was done on purpose. “We think it’s important that potential adversaries out there know that this is part of our strategy,” Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the US Cyber Command as well as the National Security Agency, said May 12. He describes the strategy’s warning as “you don’t want [to] go down this road and if you do, you need to know there is a price to pay.”

At the same time, however, the US has been on a diplomatic campaign to establish global norms among nations and companies about good cyber behavior. It seeks to promote self-restraint more than international regulations to prevent cyber conflicts. Unlike military weapons, the Internet and other digital domains are too complex and fluid for rigorous controls. A country might use a shadowy surrogate to launch an attack, for example, making it difficult to assign responsibility.

Yet in revealing the strategy, the US may be setting a new norm for cyberspace. Other countries might now build an offensive capability to match the US out of fear the US could strike first. In other words, to head off a cyberattack[sic], the US may be escalating the very fear that drives such attacks.

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