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The Cyberterrorism Threat: Findings from a Survey of Researchers / Stuart Macdonald; Lee Jarvis; Lella Nouri

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume: 37, Issue: 1, Pages: 68 - 90

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

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This article reports on a recent research project exploring academic perspectives on the threat posed by cyberterrorism. The project employed a survey method, which returned 118 responses from researchers working across 24 different countries. The article begins with a brief review of existing liter...

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Published in: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
ISSN: 1057-610X 1521-0731
Published: 2014
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa16642
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Abstract: This article reports on a recent research project exploring academic perspectives on the threat posed by cyberterrorism. The project employed a survey method, which returned 118 responses from researchers working across 24 different countries. The article begins with a brief review of existing literature on this topic, distinguishing between those concerned by the imminent threat of cyberterrorism, and other, more sceptical, views. Following a discussion on method, the article's analysis section then details findings from three research questions: (i) Does cyberterrorism constitute a significant threat? If so, against whom or what?; (ii) Has a cyberterrorism attack ever taken place?’; and, (iii) What are the most effective countermeasures against cyberterrorism? Are there significant differences to more traditional forms of anti- or counter-terrorism? The article concludes by reflecting on areas of continuity and discontinuity between academic debate on cyberterrorism and on terrorism more broadly.
Keywords: Cyberterrorism, counterterrorism, cyberattack
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 1
Start Page: 68
End Page: 90