In a new article for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, ELN Policy Fellow Julia Berghofer discusses the threat to nuclear weapons systems coming from cyber attacks. Although this is still a widely underestimated challenge, potential vulnerabilities in the supply chain and within the system itself are cause for serious concern; particularly as these systems tend to get ever more complex over time and thus more vulnerable to cyber interference (German only).
Cyber threats for national nuclear weapons systems are still below the radar yet they constitute a growing and real risk that needs to be addressed.
There are currently no formal international agreements linking nuclear weapons and cyber capabilities, and to fill this void states have invested considerable resource to address the ‘cyber’ challenge – but what does this mean for the security of nuclear weapons?
The question of how we manage the challenges and threats posed by “cyber” is perhaps one of the most talked-about security problems of our time. Dr Andrew Futter sets out the key criteria that we need to consider in future “cyber arms control”.