"For better or for worse, the Internet has become one more field upon which the game of nations is played," write Baker Institute information technology fellow Chris Bronk and Rice computer science professor Dan Wallach in a March 26 CNN op-ed. "Just as the Internet can be used for sharing information and enabling commerce, it can also be used to steal secrets and to cause damage."
However, if we ever try to consider a form of cyber arms control, "we would become immediately stymied by how to enforce the rules," they say. "Barring a radical change in the technological playing field, there will never be an effective cyber equivalent of the International Atomic Energy Agency despite all the aspirations of organizations like the International Telecommunications Union to serve such a function. "
"In the short term, we might see private industry adopt defensive practices. In the long term, while we may never be able to eliminate electronic espionage, we may be able to reduce its reach through vigilance and diplomacy. As for cyber arms control, forget about it."