On March 30, Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security and the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative held a conference on international engagement in cyberspace.

In recent years, several efforts to combat threats posed in cyberspace have been made globally. These efforts have taken place within international forums like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization of American States, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Meridian collaboration on Critical Infrastructure, the International Watch and Warning Network and through bilateral efforts between governments.

Internet governance and security issues also remain interwoven with active dialogue among groups such as the Internet Governance Forum, the Internet Engineering Task Force, ICANN, and the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security. Irrefutably states are developing instruments of cyber warfare for military, intelligence, and political purposes. While much of the debate thus far has centered on technological challenges to securing cyberspace, new thinking is needed on how to address issues such as the protection of private information, the establishment of common understandings regarding acceptable state behavior, the role of non-state actors, and the interdependency of economics and security in this domain.  

General Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board, provided the keynote address.  [TRANSCRIPT]

The conference included the following panels: 
Panel One: National Security, Law Enforcement, and Deterrence (Panel Chair: Gen. Mike Hayden (Ret.)) 
Panel Two:  Cyber Security, Economics, and a Healthier Ecosystem (Panel Chair: Dr. Greg Rattray) 
Panel Three: Understanding Private-Public Collaboration Models Globally (Panel Chair: Ms. Melissa Hathaway) 
Panel Four: National and Global Strategies for Managing Cyberspace and Security (Panel Chair: Hon. Franklin D. Kramer) 



Panel One


Panel Two: Cyber Security, Economics and a Healthier Ecosystem


Panel Three: Private-Public Collaboration Models Globally


Panel Four: National and Global Strategies for Managing Cyberspace and Security


The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative focuses on finding international consensus among like-minded nations on the challenges in cyber security. The initiative aims to provide thought leadership on how to integrate cyber as an element of national power for the purpose of international cooperation. The initiative will also help define how cyber can and should become a tool of international statecraft. The Cyber Statecraft Initiative serves as an international platform for deliberations among stakeholders, including the U.S. government; governments of friends, allies, and partners; corporations; and non-governmental organizations.

The Cyber Statecraft Initiative is generously supported by VeriSign.