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In the coming decade, a global proliferation of networked technologies will widen the cyber threat landscape. Pairing new and unforeseen cyber vulnerabilities with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) increases the secondary threats that cyber attacks bring and also necessitates a shift in definitions. WMD will become weapons of mass destabilization, allowing adversaries to gain strategic advantage in novel ways.
Altering this definition provides clarity and specific actions that can be taken to disrupt, mitigate and recover from this combined threat. Additionally, a new class of Digital WMD (DWMD) will emerge, threatening military, government, and civilian targets worldwide. These combined and new threats will require the expansion of current defensive or mitigation activities, partnerships, and preparation
threatcasting, cyber, terrorism, destablization, social impact
Johnson, Brian David; Brown, Jason C.; and Massad, Josh, "Digital Weapons of Mass Destablization" (2020). ACI Books & Book Chapters. 32.