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Hackers, Hawks and Hawkers: Subcultures of Cyber Warfare

Publié le 6 décembre 2019 Mis à jour le 6 décembre 2019

Centre REPI

Research seminar with Dr Joe Burton, Université libre de Bruxelles (REPI)

Abstract: This presentation examines strategic subcultures and their influence on the development of Offensive Cyber Capabilities (OCC).  Drawing on the strategic culture literature, it identifies and critically examines three subcultures that influence how and for what purposes states develop cyber warfare capabilities: : the ‘subversive', 'anti-establishment' influence of hackers, the hawks in national security establishments who are often predisposed to weaponising emerging technologies, and the hawkers in the corporate cyber security sector whose aggressive commercialisation of cyber capabilities has contributed to the emergence of modern cyber warfare.  The interaction between these three subcultures has played an under-appreciated but oversized role in driving the adoption and proliferation of OCC.  Together, they constitute a mutually reinforcing constellation of cultural influences on cyber warfare practices, behaviours and ideas.  Dr Burton will also outline his Marie Curie fellowship work programme and some of the challenges involved in contemporary cyber security research.

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Le 19 février 2020

Université libre de Bruxelles - IEE (Geremek room)
Building R39
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 39
1050 Bruxelles

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