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A 'Low-Level, Perpetual' State of Cyberwar

Author David Sanger believes cyberweapons demand a wide range of new solutions - spanning businesses, governments, and innovators.

About this podcast

Cyberweapons are cheap, stealthy, and powerful. They can launch a devastating Pearl Harbor level attack, knocking out power grids, government agencies, and financial institutions.

Or they can cause more subtle disruptions, stealing information, influencing voters, or throwing off missile trajectories or nuclear bomb efforts.

It’s this flexibility that led David E. Sanger to call his new book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.

Sanger, who is also a New York Times national security correspondent whose teams have won two Pulitzer Prizes, believes that it’s the more subtle “short of war” level attacks that will continue to confound political, business, and technology leaders.

In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with David about the often misunderstood potential of cyberweapons. And how we can better prepare for what he sees as a future of ‘low-level, perpetual cyberconflict.’

Also read the companion article The Perfect Weapon of the Cyber Age.