Good governance from an ethical perspective in cyberdefence policy has been seen in terms of duty and consequentialism. Yet the negotiated view of virtue ethics can also address how nation states mitigate the risks of a cyber attack to their national interests and to prepare for a cyber offence in response to an attack. A discourse analysis of the "0x Omar"-Israeli conflict of 2012, as reported in the Arabic and English media and on the Internet, is used to explore ethical issues that this case raises and to examine how the risks posed could be mitigated in relation to relevant elements of the South African cybersecurity policy framework. Questions raised include: At what point does the policy require a nation state to prepare for a cyber offence in response to a cyber attack? Ethically, how are such actions consistent with the principle of good governance?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyber security and threats
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, methodologies, tools, and applications
EditorsInformation Resources Management Association
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781522556350
ISBN (Print)9781522556343
Publication statusPublished - 04 May 2018


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