Duties to Defend: Ethical Challenges of Cyber-Defense

Adam Henschke

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    This chapter asks what duties does a state have to defend its citizens from cyber-attack? While the idea that a state has duties for its citizens security is not novel, the cyber-domain poses a new context for what those duties are and how they ought to be discharged. Taking the moral precepts of just war theory as a foundation, this chapter seeks to define some of those duties that the state has in the cyber-domain by asking the following questions: can a cyber-attack meaningfully be said to be an armed attack justifying military response from the defender? What forms of cyber-response are permitted? And what services and resources should a state provide to its citizens to protect against cyber-attack?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century
    EditorsEdwin Daniel Jacob
    Place of PublicationNew York, USA
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9781137525413
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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