The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Johan Sigholm is a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center where he works on the Cyber Security Project. Johan is on loan from the Swedish Armed Forces, where he holds the rank of Major in the Air Force. In his position as Assistant Professor in Military Technology at the Swedish Defense University, he has done research within the area of tactical communications, cyber intelligence and offensive cyber operations. He has also taught a range of technology-related classes to both military and civilian students.
Johan received his M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Linköping University, and his Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Skövde.Last Updated: Aug 25, 2020, 2:50pm