Cyber Risk Wednesdays

Cyber Risk Wednesdays brings cyber experts from government and industry together with policymakers to examine topics at the core of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative’s study of interrelated cyber hazards and underlying concentrations of risks. The series is designed to expose stakeholders from the technology, policy, and risk management communities to vibrant new cyber topics and provide a venue for the exchange of ideas.
  • Cyber Risk Monday: The Darkening Web

    On Monday July 17th, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft initiative, part of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, held a moderated discussion where panelists Laura Galante,senior fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and former director of Global Intelligence at FireEye; Alexander Klimburg, senior fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and program director at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies;Jane Holl Lute, Atlantic Council board director and CEO of SICPA;and  moderator Tal Kopan, political reporter atCNN, discussed the chilling consequences of cyberspace as a new field of conflict.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and the Future of US Cyber Policy

    The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity turned its report in to the President on December 1, 2016. Established in February 2016 by executive order, the Commission was charged with making recommendations to “address actions that can be taken over the next decade” to improve national cybersecurity. The Commission’s recommendations are expected to include information for government agencies, private companies, and other stakeholders, covering a wide range of activities in cyberspace, emerging technologies, the Internet of Things, and industry best practices.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Software Liability—the Good, the Bad, and the Uncomfortable

    With more cars and medical devices connecting to the internet, what happens if automakers and health care companies don't start prioritizing digital security?

    Many cybersecurity experts worry that faulty code in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) won't just cause systems to malfunction and freeze. Instead, they say, flaws inside connected cars or pacemakers could lead to serious injury or death.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Hacking the Vote

    Could malicious hackers or foreign operatives actually interfere with voting on Nov. 8 and influence the outcome on Election Day?

    Probably not. But it's still a question many technical and election experts are asking, Washington is worried about, and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are talking about in the final stages of a presidential campaign already marked by unprecedented warnings of fraud at the polls.

    In a statement earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the US "is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions... to interfere with the US election process." Separately, in August, the FBI reported breaches into Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and cautioned other states to bolster cybersecurity protections against of Nov. 8.

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  • Cyber Risk Thursday: Online Communities and the Future of National Security

    Can the overwhelming number of good actors in online hacking communities be creatively mobilized to combat the nefarious actors in their midst? Must we trade innovation for national security, or can they reinforce each other? And what happens when you drop military counterproliferation operators into the hacker spaces of Silicon Valley?

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Healthcare Internet of Things

    The latest medical advances lay at the intersection of patient care and connected technology. Integration of new technology enables innovations that improve patient outcomes, reduce cost of care delivery, and advance medical research. However, new technology also introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries that must be anticipated and addressed proactively. Where cyber security issues can affect patient safety, an appropriate standard of care is warranted. In recent weeks, cyber threats have become the top-of-mind topic for healthcare and security communities; an open letter from Senator Barbara Boxer called on manufacturers to improve cybersecurity of their products, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began a public push for good-faith hacking of medical devices.

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  • Overcome by Cyber Risks?

    Newspaper headlines inundate us with stories about massive data breaches, disruptive cyberattacks, and espionage against government agencies and companies. With risks mounting, a new Atlantic Council report Overcome by Cyber Risks? Economic Benefits and Costs of Alternate Cyber Futures, published in collaboration with Zurich Insurance Group and University of Denver's Pardee Center for International Futures,uses economic modeling tools to understand how cyber costs and benefits might affect global GDP and envision a set of different cyber futures to unfold within the next fifteen years.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Rewards and Risks of the Healthcare Internet of Things

    The medical industry has been evolving rapidly over the past few years, creating new technologies connected to the larger Internet with the potential to unlock benefits for both the users and the broader society. This healthcare Internet of Things, comprising personal medical devices and hospital machines, holds the promise of improving patient care, empowering the users, and cutting skyrocketing healthcare costs by an estimated $60 billion over fifteen years.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Breaking the Info-Sharing Logjam

    At the Atlantic Council's Cyber Risk Wednesday, White House cybersecurity czar Michael Daniel said effective cybersecurity information sharing hinges on new relationships between Washington and the private sector.


    On the heels of President Obama's executive order to promote information sharing between federal agencies and businesses worried about hackers, the White House cybersecurity czar said the success of that effort relies on forging new ties between Washington and industry.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Landscape of the Cyber Threat

    On October 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative relaunched Cyber Risk Wednesdays, a series of events dedicated to a deeper discussion and understanding of solutions to systemic cyber risks.

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