Potomac Institute Mike Swetnam was featured in a recent article highlighting the discussions and tensions between the United States and China regarding the growing threat of cyberintrusions.
The Stars & Stripes newspaper article focused on U.S. concerns about the compromise from security and economic perspectives, protecting global economy infrastructure, and how to develop an agreement for cyber security measures.
The United States has enough leverage to move China toward a more neighborly approach to cyber security, said a member of the task force that produced the DOD Defense Science Board report that tallied the U.S. systems compromised by cyber intruders.
“I think there is great potential to strike a norms agreement with China — something that says this is acceptable behavior, this is unacceptable behavior,” said Michael Swetnam, chairman and CEO of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank based in Arlington, Va.
China, which frequently complains of cyberattacks coming from the United States, respects U.S. offensive cyberabilities, and might welcome an agreement limiting U.S action. Even if China doesn’t immediately abide by the rules, he said, getting it to agree to a set of standards that forbids stealing secrets is a first step that puts the United States in position to push the Chinese government to rein in cyberspies.
Read the entire article here.