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Tech at the Leading EdgeMar 1, 2023
Makings of the Market: Seven perspectives on offensive cyber capability proliferation
By Jen Roberts and Emma Schroeder
The marketplace for offensive cyber capabilities continues to grow globally. Their proliferation poses an expanding set of risks to national security and human rights, these capabilities also have legitimate use in state security and defense. To dive deeper on this topic, we asked seven experts to offer their perspectives.
Winnona DeSombre Bernsen is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and an MPP/JD Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown Law. She was formerly security engineer at Google’s Threat Analysis Group, tracking targeted threats against Google users. In recent years, Bernsen has organized policy content at DEFCON and has authored multiple pieces on offensive cyber capability proliferation.
Her research has also been featured in publications including Foreign Policy, VICE’s Motherboard, and CyberScoop. Bernsen is a vocal advocate for women in cyber security: when not ruminating on cyber policy, she spends her time volunteering for Women in Security and Privacy, and has taught courses on cyber security, ethical hacking and personal security through the nonprofit GirlSecurity.