Insights/Case studies/Newsroom/CareersCareersCareersPartnersConsultantsTechnology innovationCorporateEarly careersSearch Jobs/About us/Contact us Global locations

  • Phone
  • Contact us
  • Locations
  • Search
  • Menu


  • Add this article to your LinkedIn page
  • Add this article to your Twitter feed
  • Email this article
View or print a PDF of this page

The growing risk

Kate O'Flaherty

SC Magazine

2 May 2014


PA’s Mark Stollery, cyber security expert, is quoted in an article on large-scale cyber espionage and how the methods behind it are becoming more complex and sophisticated.

Mark explains that one of the problems – and benefits – of state-sponsored attacks is that they are deniable, “at least to the extent that it’s unlikely to start a fighting war.”

He goes on to say: “If there’s a cyber attach and you are pretty sure it is country X but you can’t prove it, it keeps the hard warfare tensions down.”

Mark explains that there are many allegations regarding the perpetrator behind Stuxnet. “Iran may feel certain that it knows who was behind it. If the attack had been done by war planes or special forces, it would ratchet up the international tensions so much more.”

Mark goes on to say that if someone attacks you, you feel you out to be retaliating. He explains: “That’s what you expect, but you don’t want a slippery slope that leads to war. That gives you the diplomatic doubt. It’s far easier to fire some malware shells at your neighbour. They probably know it’s you, but they don’t feel obliged to retaliate.”


For our thinking and insights on tackling the challenges of cyber security, click here or contact us now. 

Corporate headquarters
10 Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DN London SW1E 5DN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7333 5865 Tel: +44 20 7333 5865
contact us now


Sign-up to receive company updates and press releases by email or newsfeed:



By using this website, you accept the use of cookies. For more information on how to manage cookies, please read our privacy policy.