Cybersecurity Governance in Latin America

States, Threats, and Alliances

By Carlos Solar

Subjects: Sociology Of War, Latin American Studies, Comparative Politics, Internet, Criminology
Series: SUNY series in Ethics and the Challenges of Contemporary Warfare
Hardcover : 9781438491417, 352 pages, January 2023
Paperback : 9781438491400, 352 pages, July 2023

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Into the Cyber Realm

1. Cybersecurity Governance

2. Cyber Responses and the State

3. The Military Industry

4. Strategic Threats

5. US-China Rivalry

6. Alliances with the United States

7. Quantifying Cybersecurity

Conclusion: States, Governance, and Cybersecurity

Explores the effects of the cyber revolution for security in the Americas.


Cybersecurity Governance in Latin America discusses how the massification of the Internet has exposed emerging democracies' high-tech vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks and questions why states have decided to introduce policies and legislation facilitating the militarization of cyberspace. Carlos Solar offers a comparative analysis using the cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela to help navigate the changing security landscape and the growing risks found in the digital domain. His analysis includes a review of civilian and military preparedness emphasizing the ongoing alliances with the world's superpowers to finally debate what are the side effects for peace and development in the Americas from the current cybersecurity rivalry between the United States and China. Providing a much-needed account of state-technology affairs in the global south Cybersecurity Governance in Latin America challenges scholars and policymakers to rethink the protection of cyberspace to avoid unnecessarily sacrificing rights and freedoms in the name of national security.

Carlos Solar is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Government and Governance of Security: The Politics of Organised Crime in Chile.


"Solar's book stands alone as a very specific examination of Latin America, cyberspace, and cybersecurity. Its coverage of a largely ignored region is a tremendous benefit, as its solid statistical engagement." — Brandon Valeriano, coauthor of Cyber Strategy: The Evolving Character of Power and Coercion