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Abstract

Over the past two decades, the ubiquitousness of the internet has created new reals in which artistic expression, dialogue, and commerce have flourished. Yet the same technologies which bring about the conveniences of the modern age also carry the greatest threats to international security over the next few decades. Defense strategies and security protocols have failed to evolve at the same rate at which internet technologies have grown. While the eminence and complexity of cyber-attacks continues to be debatable, the fact remains that networks are vulnerable to attack by both foreign governments and non-state actors. Unless definitive and aggressive steps are taken by the legislative and executive branches, the United States is at risk of losing not only its position atop world affairs, but its way of life. The threats of cyber-space encompass everything from warfare to terrorism. When looking to create new cyber policy, and developing a permanent plan for the next few decades, the United States should look to mimic the example of Russia. Through the adoption of comprehensive strategies, Post-Cold War Russia has transformed itself into one of the leading cyber-actors in the world.