Cyber Risk Thursday:
Cyberwar in Ukraine?

A conversation with:
Kenneth Geers
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council
Centre Ambassador
NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence

Martin Libicki
Senior Management Scientist
RAND Corporation

Jeffrey Mankoff
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Alina Polyakova
Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Introduction by:
Jan Lodal
Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Beau Woods
Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Russian aggression against Ukraine serves as a case study for how information technology and computer hacking have been used in broader military campaigns. The Russo-Ukrainian conflict witnessed digital propaganda, denial-of-service campaigns, website defacements, and cutting-edge cyber espionage malware. Most recently, and potentially most significantly, the conflict involved cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s energy grid—critical civilian infrastructure. Can cyberattacks offer soldiers a tactical advantage on the battlefield? Can they have a strategic effect? What are the scenarios in which an escalation of the conflict in cyberspace might occur?

This moderated panel discussion will explore the tactical and strategic implications of Internet-era warfare in general and in Ukraine in particular, discuss their significance for policy and law, and analyze ongoing information operations. For both public and private sector leaders, the cyber dimension of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine offers many lessons and sheds light on whether cyber war is still rooted in science fiction, or has become a reality.

A reception will follow the event.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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