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Tue, May 5, 2020

Handler in the Austin American-Statesman: Militarize the COVID-19 response at our own peril

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic been compared to war, it is being treated as one. The problem: That’s not only inaccurate, it’s also detrimental to the public health, safety, and response. On April 17, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order creating the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas. The term strike force, most commonly […]

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Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

On viral infections online and in the real world

Cybersecurity often gets reduced to breaches and hacking, but the world has witnessed multiple pandemics in cyberspace and could learn more about response to exponential events.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Minding the cyber talent gap

Defending against threats in cyberspace is hard enough, but severe cybersecurity talent deficiencies have consistently made the challenge harder for both public and private sector organizations. Our Cyber Statecraft Initiative experts go CSI5x5 to dig into the people problem of cybersecurity, its implications, and possible solutions.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity

Simon Handler is a program assistant with 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 national security with cyberspace.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he served as a special assistant in the United States Senate. 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 completed the East-West Center’s Congressional Staff Program on Asia.

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, he holds a BA in International Relations & Global Studies, with a concentration in International Security, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Studies Association, and a board director and community service chair of the Texas Exes of Washington, DC. He speaks Arabic and some Hebrew.