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Hacking The Bomb

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Technical Report

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University of Leicester Leicester United Kingdom

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The response to the cyber challenge in the nuclear realm is necessarily multifaceted1. There needs to be some sort of agreement on terms and the nature of the threat and perhaps anaccepted glossary.2. A considerable amount of the challenge might be ameliorated through better cyber hygiene andgood practice this might even be shared between actors. This also involves recognising thecentral role played by humans.3. The need for cyber and nuclear and other defence communities to speak with each other,possibly across borders.4. Train and deploy specialists at nuclear facilities, and conduct regular outside red teaming.5. Establish a cyber global early warning centre to share data, intelligence and good practice6. Consider the development of certain norms and moratoria for example, an agreement not toattack nuclear C2 with cyber that benefit everyone.7. Cyber and other emerging technologies with strategic potential should be included in armscontrol discussions and taken account of in international agreements. That said the arms controlframeworks of the past may not be the most suitable for today.

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  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Nuclear Weapons

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