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Why America is Global Cyber Power?

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

The United States of America, the Global Super Power, and the Global Cyber Power is the leader in Cyber Warfare or the Cyber Space. Equipped with World-Class Technology and Intelligent Minds, America is the Undisputed Super Power in Cyber Technology. As China is improving its Cyber Power but still its Decade behind America in terms of Cyber Technology. America is the Only Tier I Country in terms of Cyber Power in the World. But still, the question arises, Why America is Global Cyber Power? Let Us Find Out.

America has always led in Technology. The Dominance in cyberspace has been a strategic goal of the United States since the mid-1990s. It is the only country with a heavy global footprint in both civil and military uses of cyberspace, although it now perceives itself as seriously threatened by China and Russia in that domain. In response, it is taking a robust and urgent approach to extend its capabilities for cyber operations, both for systems security at home and for its ambitions abroad in the diplomatic, political, economic, and military spheres. The US retains a clear superiority over all other countries in terms of its ICT empowerment, but this is not a monopoly position. At least six European or Asian countries command leadership positions in certain aspects of the ICT sector, though all but one (China) are close US allies or strategic partners.

The US has moved more effectively than any other country to defend its critical national infrastructure in cyberspace but recognizes that the task is extremely difficult and that major weaknesses remain. This is one reason why the country has for more than two decades taken a leading role in mobilizing the global community to develop common security principles in cyberspace. The US capability for offensive cyber operations is probably more developed than that of any other country, although its full potential remains largely un-demonstrated. Researchers found that the offensive cyber capabilities of the United States are more developed than those of any other country.

The United States, despite falling victim to a swathe of cyber-attacks including recent assaults on the Colonial Pipeline and meat processor JBS, was the only country deemed advanced enough to occupy the top tier. Since the late 1990s, the US has moved more decisively than any other country to defend its critical information infrastructure in cyberspace, but it also recognizes that the task is extremely difficult and that major weaknesses remain.

The United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is the United States Armed ForcesUnified Combatant Command. USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, and conducts activities to defend Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations to ensure the US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to adversaries.

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