Rise in State-sponsored Cyber Espionage: The Tipping Point of Cyber Warfare?
It is tempting to suggest that if this is the case, why inflame the situation by creating warfare through defining warfare? But there is another body of opinion that sees positive merit in defining cyber warfare: it would paint a red line that must not be crossed without fear of serious reprisal from the world's most powerful nation. In this sense, the definition of cyber war has a deterrent effect against its use.
One supporter of this point of view is Dr. Andrea Limbago, a former Senior Technical Lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, and now Chief Social Scientist with Endgame. Her view is that we are not yet asking ourselves where the escalation in state-sponsored cyber conflict is going.