Russia-Iran cooperation poses challenges for US cyber strategy, global norms
By: John Hardie and Annie Fixler
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The agreement between Russia and Iran will fill in Russia’s “knowledge gaps” and allow Iran to purchase Russian technology, which will significantly improve Iran’s defenses. Not only will this increase Iran’s skillset, but embolden them. Russia will use this as an opportunity to further expand their reach and influence, while maintaining deniability and expanded foreign infrastructure access. This cooperation will be a win-win for both countries.
Another area that will be expanded is Information Operations, aka the “Gray Zone.” A convergence of information operations between the countries has taken place since early 2020. They are using this “gray zone” to counter a perceived Western “digital neocolonialism.”
Unfortunately, this will use many social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.
It is imperative that the United States needs to implement concrete steps to improve defenses, training, and a pro-active cyber approach. “Tough talk” and the establishment of commissions and studies will not be effective. Russia and Iran (not to mention China and North Korea) are not influenced or care about words. Only a strong defense and a proactive response will be successful.
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