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Cybersecurity in China and the Balance of Power

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University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra)

Northcott Drive

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Campbell, ACT 2612

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“China has established a global reputation for cyber attack. How good is it at cyber defence?” This is the opening of Professor Greg Austin’s forthcoming book, Cybersecurity in China: the Next Wave. The new publication follows his 2014 book, Cyber Policy in China, launched at the Brookings Institution in late 2014 (podcast here) and written while the author was a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London (2011-2013). The more recent book, written at UNSW Canberra, offers the first benchmarking study of China’s response to the problems of its own security in cyber space. There are several useful descriptive books on cybersecurity policy in China published since 2010. As a result, we know quite well the system for managing cybersecurity in China, and the history of policy responses. What we don’t know so well, and where this book is useful, is how capable China has become in the cyber defence mission relative to the rest of the world. The seminar will address that question. On the basis of that analysis, the seminar will also present initial findings of Prof Austin’s new book project on the impact on U.S./China power relativities of the development of cyber military strategies and capabilities. This draws in part on his 2016 working paper with King’s College London, Mapping and Evaluating China’s Cyber Power.

This seminar will be followed by the second in the series that looks at the implications for Australia of these findings, under the title: "Australia and Cyber War: Civil and Military Planning", scheduled for 28 June 2018. Other scheduled seminars in this series (last Thursday of each month) are:

Strategic Culture and Cyber War: Andrew Williams, UNSW Canberra on 26 July 2018

Data as a Military Objective: Professor Rob McLaughlin on 30 August 2018

Diplomacy for Cyber Space Affairs: Karine Pontbriand, UNSW Canberra on 29 November 2018

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