China’s cyber potential is at least a decade behind the U.S

China Cyber potential Behind US

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) published a comprehensive study carried out over the past two years on the cyber capabilities of 15 countries.

It determines that China’s cyber defense remains weak compared to that of the United States, while the protection of its critical national infrastructures is only in the early stages of development.

In this way, IISS experts consider that the capacity of the Asian giant as a cybernetic power is hampered by poor security and the weakness of intelligence analysis. That is why it follows that Beijing will be unable to match the cyber capabilities of the U.S for at least a decade.

On the contrary, the U.S has acted more effectively than any other country to defend its critical national infrastructures from potential cyberattacks but recognizes that the task is extremely difficult and that significant weaknesses remain.

This is one of the reasons why the country has for more than two decades assumed a leadership role in mobilizing the global community to develop common principles of security in cyberspace.

According to the IISS, the U.S’s ability to carry out offensive rather than defensive cyberattacks is probably more developed than that of any other country, although its potential remains unproven.

As for world leadership in cyberspace, most countries are diplomatically active, but they are divided into two large blocks: the one led by the U.S and the one led by China and Russia.

The first block tends to defend the application of existing international law to cyberspace and the maintenance of current “Internet freedoms”; the second calls for new international treaties that give States greater control over their sovereign cyberspace (“cybersovereignty”).