Report Sep 6, 2019
Alternate cybersecurity futures
By John Watts, Ben Jensen, JD Work, Nina Kollars, and Chris Whyte
If the national security community continues to focus on immediate threats and managing current emergencies, it will never escape a cycle of crises, nor manage to impose a strategy to shape tomorrow’s environment.
New AtlanticistDec 21, 2020
To defend US elections, we must recognize that the fault is in ourselves
By Nina Kollars and Michael Rodriguez
It is time to put money toward state information infrastructure, to align public expectations with the pace of the democratic process, and to hold elected leaders accountable for lighting fires in information dumpsters.
New AtlanticistOct 29, 2020
The 5×5—Trick or threat? The ghouls and goblins behind this year’s cyber incidents
By Simon Handler
This year has witnessed its fair share of unnerving cyber incidents from a range of spooky characters. But 2020 is not over yet. What further ghouls and goblins might lurk? Cyber Statecraft Initiative experts go 5×5 to discuss spine-chilling cyber incidents this Halloween.
New AtlanticistMay 26, 2020
The 5×5—Is it a game or is it real? Simulations and wargaming in cyber
By Simon Handler
Greater insight into risk and response allow public and private sector organizations to better prepare for crisis before it happens and rerun history to stave off defeat in future. Wargames can be complex live events or low-cost simulations. They can even be the basis for major reforms to policy and doctrine, giving us much to understand about them. Shall we play a game?
Dr. Nina Kollars is an associate professor in the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute at the US Naval War College. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in political science and an M.A. from GWU in international relations. She holds a number of editorial and policy affiliations to include: executive board member of Cyber Conflict Studies Association; and an editorial board member for Texas National Security Review. She publishes on cybersecurity, hackers and military innovation. She presented her own hacker project at DefCon27, “Confessions of a Nespresso Money Mule.” She will soon publish her book “Trustworthy Deviants: White Hat Hackers and Security.” Kollars is also an Executive Bourbon Steward.