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Discussion Paper - Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center

New Threats, Old Technology: Vulnerabilities in Undersea Communication Cable Network Management Systems

| February 2012

This paper explores the vulnerabilities to cyber attacks of infrastructure that today carries nearly all the world's data and voice traffic: undersea communications cables. Long-standing physical vulnerabilities in cable infrastructure have been compounded by new risk found in the network management systems that monitor and control cable operations. Unlike an attack on a water treatment plant's control systems, however, an attack on the cables' control systems could devastate the world's economies — presenting a different kind of Internet "kill switch" altogether — shutting down world commerce, and doing it all with the click of a mouse.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

MICHAEL SECHRIST Researches Vulnerabilities of Information Networks

  • Joseph Leahy
| Spring 2011

Michael Sechrist, joint Information and Communications Technology/Science, Technology, and Public Policy fellow at the Belfer Center, says Egypt’s wireless and Internet blackout early this month raises serious questions concerning the new measures at the disposal of authoritarian regimes in suppressing political dissent.

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Cyberspace in Deep Water: Protecting Undersea Communications Cables By Creating an International Public-Private Partnership

| Mar. 23, 2010

This paper highlights the dangers associated with undersea communication cable operations and proposes a set of 10 recommendations that could be implemented under the creation of an international public-private partnership.