This week the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report
on “Cybersecurity: Deterrence Policy”. It looks at the potential benefits of
establishing a coherent deterrence policy to reduce the threat of cyberattacks.
In the ‘Options for Congress’ section of the report it discusses the following
• Creating a bureau in the U.S.
Department of State (nearing implementation),
• Strengthening norms of
responsible state behavior in cyberspace (on track),
• Engaging in international
standards setting fora (on track),
• Improving capability building and
foreign assistance financing (on track),
• Developing confidence building
• Leveraging sanctions and trade
enforcement actions (on track), and
• Improving attribution (delayed).