Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

The Role of Cybersecurity in the Russia-Ukraine War

Russia Researcher Chris Miller on Overestimating Russia and Underestimating Ukraine
The Role of Cybersecurity in the Russia-Ukraine War
Chris Miller, associate professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Since launching a war against Ukraine in February 2022, Russia's economy has contracted and it has made efforts to shrink the economies of Ukraine and Western allies. But "Russia's military has underperformed" says Dr. Chris Miller, an associate professor of international history and author of books about Russian history. He says Russia and the West have both overestimated the country's ability to "use its capabilities in effective ways."

"We've underestimated Ukrainian capabilities," Miller says. In terms of cybersecurity, he says, "the Ukrainian defenses and faulty Russian offensive systems" are the reason why "there haven't been any highly successful ... cyberattacks against Ukraine."

In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Miller discusses:

  • Ukraine's successful efforts to improve its cybersecurity;
  • The cybersecurity challenges facing the U.S. and how education is having a positive effect on defenses;
  • The "critical and irreplaceable role" the U.S. plays in providing the software and tools that make the tech sector possible.

Miller is an associate professor of international history at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. His research has focused on Russian history, politics and economics, and he is also the author of "Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia" and "We Shall Be Masters: Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter The Great to Putin."

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