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Security in an Ever-Advancing Technological Landscape

The rapid, almost overnight, deployment of new techonologies has played a large role in the  changing strategic environment of the twenty-first century.

China's aspiration to become a world leader in science, technology, and innovation within the next 10–20 years may portend a seismic shift in the global balance of power.  The country’s leaders and scientific elite regard possession of a state-of-the-art autonomous innovation capability as central in their endeavors to build a prosperous and powerful nation and they are investing heavily in bringing this vision to reality.  IGCC's project The Study of Innovation and Techonology in China examines both the global implications of China’s technological transformation and its particular consequences for the United States and Asia-Pacific region.

Pervasive broadband networks, both wired and wireless, allow the penetration of information applications into every aspect of human activity, including a revolution in military and national security capabilities. As our cyber infrastructure has expanded, the private sector and government have become increasingly interdependent. The scale and sophistication of cyber attacks such as networked viruses, botnets, and phishing scams continue to escalate. There is no off-the-shelf technical or social science knowledge that can simply be combined to provide effective solutions to the threats. Innovation will require scientists and engineers who also understand the way cyber criminals and terrorists operate, the reasons why business and government have difficulty in sharing information and collaborating on cyber-security, and the context of international technical, commercial, and military competition; it will also require creative social scientists who have a grounding in computer science and engineering. IGCC-led projects on International Cooperation in Cybersecurity  will bring  faculty in computer science, political science, international relations, economics, public policy, and law together with industry and government experts to examine gaps in cyber defense and advance our understanding of the type of international cooperation needed to thwart cyber crime and attacks.