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Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The 5×5—If it blinks, it sinks: Adventures in securing operational technology

With rising sophistication, automation, and interconnectivity in operational technologies, security has become an overwhelming need.

The 5×5 by Will Loomis, Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Handler joins Asharq News to discuss ransomware and US cyber strategy

Simon Handler joins Asharq News to discusss ransomware and US cyber strategy.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arabic Cybersecurity

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas

In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.

Report by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska

Central Europe Cybersecurity

Simon Handler is the assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this role, he manages a wide range of projects at the nexus of geopolitics and international security with cyberspace. He leads the Initiative’s work on mission resilience, defense aerospace, and cloud security and policy. His own research focuses on counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and the Middle East.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Handler served as a special assistant in the United States Senate, where he worked on foreign policy issues. During his time on the Hill, he was a congressional fellow with the Wilson Center’s Congressional Cybersecurity Lab and Congressional Artificial Intelligence Lab, and a part of the East-West Center’s Congressional Staff Program on Asia.

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Handler holds a BA in both International Relations & Global Studies (International Security concentration) and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the president of the Texas Exes of Washington, DC, the alumni association of the University of Texas, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the International Studies Association. He speaks Arabic and some Hebrew. He is also a Certified Bourbon Steward.