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Nov 19, 2021

Software Supply Chains: Turns Out All You Need to Trust is Caffeine and Cats

By Emma Schroeder and the Cyber Statecraft Initiative

In the first episode of The Cyber Moonshot, we invite you to join us a few hundred years from now, in a quaint little food court on the surface of the moon. As we explore the lives and foibles of the lunar inhabitants, we will also explore the complexities and absurdities of cybersecurity. From software supply chains to smart homes to phishing, we will pull common cyber headaches and lessons away from the abstract or technical and firmly into a world where cats can sense trust and the cloud has a sentience of their own.

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Sep 13, 2021

Handler and Schroeder on Defense & Aerospace Report’s Cyber Report podcast: Lessons from aircraft hijacking to counter ransomware

By Atlantic Council

On this week’s Cyber Report, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Simon Handler and Emma Schroeder discuss the new paper “Countering Ransomware: Lessons from Aircraft Hijacking,” with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.

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Aug 26, 2021

Countering ransomware: Lessons from aircraft hijacking

By Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder, Frances Schroeder, and Trey Herr

Ransomware has plagued organizations for more than a decade, but the last three years have experienced a surge in both the number of incidents and the ransoms demanded. To more effectively counter ransomware, the US government should develop a strategy that draws on lessons learned from addressing a surge in aircraft hijackings through the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Emma Schroeder is an associate director with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). Her focus in this role is on developing statecraft and strategy for cyberspace that is useful for both policymakers and practitioners. She is the managing editor for the Cyber Statecraft Initiative’s ongoing Cyber Strategy Series, which presents new perspectives on the most pressing topics in cybersecurity strategy. This series is intended to challenge assumptions and spark productive debate, to contribute to a better understanding of how the United States and its allies and partners can and should operate in the cyber domain.

Schroeder is passionate about using fiction as a tool to build bridges, both to complex topics and to other communities. She is the lead author of The Cyber Moonshot, an ongoing series of short stories from the Cyber Statecraft Initiative designed to communicate core themes and concepts in cybersecurity.

Originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts, Schroeder holds an MA in History of War from King’s College London’s War Studies Department. She also attained her BA in International Relations & History, with a concentration in Security Studies, from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.