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- Author: James Andrew Lewis
- Publication Date: 01-2014
- Content Type: Policy Brief
- Institution: Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Abstract: The Gulf has become a flashpoint for cyber conflict. Cyberspace has become an arena for covert struggle, with the United States, Israel and other nations on one side, and Iran and Russia on the other. Iran has far outpaced the GCC states in developing its cyber capabilities, both for monitoring internal dissent and deploying hackers to disrupt or attack foreign targets. Several such attacks over the past two years were likely either directed or permitted by Iranian state authorities. Even if Iran holds back from offensive actions as nuclear talks progress, the growth in Iranian capabilities remains a potential security threat for other Gulf states. The GCC countries have begun to develop their defensive capabilities, but they will need to expand their defenses and collaborate more effectively to deter future threats.
- Topic: Conflict Resolution, Security, Defense Policy, Development, Science and Technology
- Political Geography: Russia, United States, Iran, Middle East, Israel, Arabia