Cyber Statecraft Initiative

  • 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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  • Miller Quoted in CNN on Trump and Nationalism

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Protecting US Critical Infrastructure

    On October 17, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative hosted a public panel discussion on the security of US critical infrastructure as a part of its Cyber Risk Wednesday event series, underwritten by Raytheon. The vital nature of critical infrastructure to the nation’s security, prosperity, and well-being render it a key target to malicious actors in cyberspace. As the sophistication of attack technology grows, the US and its strategic partners must ensure a resilient critical infrastructure system or will be outpaced by threat actors.

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  • Our Critical Infrastructure is More Vulnerable Than Ever. Here's What We Can Do About It.

    Critical infrastructure—from the electric grid to public transportation—is under assault as cyber attackers gain a foothold in the United States.

    When the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its cybersecurity strategy in May, it laid out seven goals to help the government better defend the United States and its infrastructure against the constant onslaught of sophisticated cyber threats.

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  • Managing Cyber Risks to Protect Financial Stability

    On October 10, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative convened key stakeholders from the financial, governmental and academic communities to convene for the release of a joint report by the Brookings Institution and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, The Future of Financial Stability and Cyber Risk. The panel was moderated by Katheryn Rosen, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Despite the unique threats that cyber risks pose to the finance industry, they remain misunderstood and fail to be well-managed. A central issue concerning businesses and policy makers is discerning how cyber risks differ from the shocks that have traditionally impacted the financial market.

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