Cyber Statecraft Initiative

  • It’s Time for a Cyber Geneva Convention

    We have put almost everything out there in cyberspace—personal data, intellectual property, even access to the controls of critical infrastructure. And we have been woefully deficient in defending it. With each passing day, our nation faces an onslaught of cyber threats from various adversaries, including nation states.

    The good news is that the White House and the Department of Defense (DoD) both have released closely aligned cyber strategies that stress the importance of tackling these threats head-on through partnerships with our allies, the private sector, and between agencies, to “defend forward, shape the day-to-day competition, and prepare for war.”

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  • Porter in Lawfare: Don’t Let Cyber Attribution Debates Tear Apart the NATO Alliance

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  • Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge Gets Underway in London

    The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge—the brainchild of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative—got underway in London on February 11. The two-day event is a unique and innovative cyber crisis and policy response simulation. The UK edition is part of a wider Atlantic Council effort to foster the next generation of multidisciplinary cyber professionals.

    “The UK government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is clear that more must be done for the UK to meet the future national demand. Much like the NCSC’s CyberFirst courses, Cyber 9/12 is an effective way to nurture the next generation of cyber security experts,” said Paul Chichester, director for operations at the National Cyber Security Centre in London.

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  • Polish Prime Minister Urges Allies to Beef Up Cybersecurity Budgets

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on January 16 called for a collective Western response to cyber threats while urging allies to increase spending on cybersecurity.

    “I call on you today and encourage your leaders and governments to spend more money on cyber warfare, as we do, on cyber soldiers to protect our Internet frontier,” Morawiecki said on the opening day of a two-day conference jointly hosted by PKO Bank Polski and the Atlantic Council in Warsaw, Poland.

    “Our enemies will not wait,” Morawiecki said, adding, “They are arming up as we speak. Only a collective response will keep he threat at bay, and only a decisive one.”

    The conference, “A New Initiative for Poland: A Future Global Leader in Securing the 4th Industrial Revolution,” seeks to deepen US-Polish ties by developing cybersecurity as a key pillar in the relationship.

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  • Atlantic Council Announces Cyber Conference in Warsaw

    Conference part of Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski announced today a major cyber conference “A New Initiative for Poland: A Future Global Leader in Securing the 4th Industrial Revolution” to take place in Warsaw on January 16-17, 2019. The high-level pubic conference, which comes on the 100th anniversary of US-Poland relations, will convene key decisionmakers and policymakers to deepen US-Polish transatlantic ties by developing cybersecurity as a key pillar of the relationship.

    We are excited to launch this important cyber conference that will explore Poland’s significant potential to become a global leader in cybersecurity,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. This conference is part of a


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  • Porter in The Hill "China’s Cyberespionage isn't Changing Rapidly — America’s Will to Confront it is"

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  • Jordan Quoted in BuzzFeed on Countries Opting Out of Cyber Agreement

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  • Securing the Consumer Internet of Things

    British ‘Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security’ draws on Atlantic Council report

    Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) products are notoriously insecure. In October 2016, the Mirai botnet amassed a massive botnet army of IoT-connected devices, eventually used in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that overwhelmed the capabilities of some of the largest Internet providers in the world and took down the Internet across the US East Coast. Mirai’s authors began building their tool as teenagers, amassing an IoT zombie horde using techniques known (and easily preventable) for decades. Unfortunately, the norm for IoT devices is lax security—simple, hardcoded (unchangeable) passwords, and operating systems that can’t be patched...

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  • Utilizing the Human Element to Mitigate Today’s Sophisticated Cyber Threat Landscape

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a risk report earlier this year that delivered some sobering cybersecurity news to federal agencies. According to the OMB, a majority of agencies with cybersecurity programs in place are at significant risk of attack. As noted in the report, “agencies cannot detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.”

    This revelation provides perspective to the recent prediction from Cybersecurity Ventures that global cybersecurity spending will increase steadily to exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021; and, the cost of cybercrime around the world will rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021. Inherently, something is wrong with any prediction that correlates increased spending on...

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  • Atlantic Council Supports Paris Call on Securing Cyberspace

    French President Emmanuel Macron on November 12 launched the “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”—the first state-supported initiative that brings together a set of principles that both the public and the non-governmental sector can implement and endorse to increase trust and stability in cyberspace.

    Macron introduced the Paris Call at the Internet Governance Forum in Paris. The event was part of Paris Digital Week, which has brought together thinkers, innovators, decision-makers and investors for a discussion on current and future digital issues from November 11 to November 14.

    In his speech,...

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