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Climate Change and Cyber Threats: Acknowledging the Links

Climate and cyberBy Dan Allen, Research Fellow, the Center for Climate and Security

Climate change and cyber threats to security are two critical issues that share a lot in common. In a time of multiplying threats, and diminishing budgets, acknowledging and understanding these links will be a critical step in devising policies and practices to address them both.

Increased understanding among the U.S. security establishment

The U.S. security establishment increasingly understands that climate change impacts (ranging from consequences for food, water, energy, infrastructure and sea lane security) and cyber threats in the form of cyber warfare and cyber-crime, are emerging transnational threats that must be taken just as seriously as other threats, such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons or military aggression by competitor nations. This is evident in the way that both climate change and cyber-security are addressed in the 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, and other important documents and policies. (more…)

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