The High ROI of Cyberweapons: Five Factors Driving the Rise in Threats
When you look at the payoff calculus of cyberweapons, it is no surprise that business is booming. Compared with conventional weapons, cyberweapons have a low barrier to entry and a low-risk, low-cost, high-reward payoff calculus that is attractive to malicious actors.What’s Driving Up the ROI of Cyberweapons?The high return on investment (ROI) of cyberweapons is contributing to a rise in threats across the technology landscape. Low Barrier to EntryUnlike conventional weapons, cyberweapons can be acquired with very little monetary or organizational resources. While nuclear weapons, for example, are only the in purview of nation-states, cyberweapons can be leveraged by small groups and individuals. An Asymmetrical WeaponBecause of the potential damage that can be done with very few resources, cyberweapons are asymmetrical tools that act as force multipliers for actors large and small, state and nonstate, rich and poor. For small-time fraudsters, cyberweapons level the playing field with major threat actors.4.