The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), works at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.


Cyber 9/12 Project

Aug 3, 2022

2022 Washington, DC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge Playbook

Rockshot, Standingpalm, Software, Shoot! Scenario Summary Intelligence Report I Intelligence Report I Recommendations Intelligence Report II Intelligence Report II Recommendations Intelligence Report III Intelligence Report III Briefings Intelligence Report III Recommendations Scenario Summary In November 2022, while Quatar was hosting the , staff at the noticed a water-cooling issue within the plant. The staff managed […]


Issue Brief

Aug 2, 2022

Behind the rise of ransomware

By John Sakellariadis

Between 2016 and 2019, cybercriminals shifted from automated ransomware campaigns that emphasized scale to targeted extortion operations against organizations. This adaption made ransomware more disruptive and more profitable, culminating in the 2021 surge in ransomware. Though the US government has devoted more attention to ransomware since 2021, ransomware remains a significant and long-term threat to the US economy.



Jul 27, 2022

Ukraine’s tech excellence is playing a vital role in the war against Russia

By Valeriya Ionan

Ukraine's tech sector excellence is playing a key role in the war against Russia by providing rapid solutions to frontline challenges in ways that the more traditional top-down Russian military simply cannot match. 

Conflict Cybersecurity

In the News

Jul 26, 2022

Panikoff in DefenseOne: Pass the CHIPS Act

By Atlantic Council

Americas Cybersecurity


Jul 25, 2022

Cybersecure the future: Ransomware

By Trent Teyema, Kiran S. Jivnani, David Bray

This report endeavors to examine key challenges in predicting, safeguarding against, and dealing with ransomware attacks, thereby better informing US and international policy to combat such attacks and their perpetrators.

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

Issue Brief

Jul 25, 2022

Hackers, Hoodies, and Helmets: Technology and the changing face of Russian private military contractors

By Emma Schroeder, Gavin Wilde, Justin Sherman, and Trey Herr

Table of contents Introduction PMCs in Russian international security strategy and the influence of technology Training military forces abroadResource securityCombat missionsPolitical warfare Accessing offensive cyber and information technologies in the PMC community Where do PMCs go from here? About the authors Introduction The first time Russia invaded Ukraine in the twenty-first century, the Wagner Group […]

Africa Cybersecurity
cyber threats, energy transition


Jul 12, 2022

Securing the energy transition against cyber threats

By the Atlantic Council Task Force on Cybersecurity and the Energy Transition

This report recommends a suite of key actions that government can take to shore up the US energy sector against future cybersecurity threats.

Cybersecurity Energy & Environment

In the News

Jul 11, 2022

Missing Key report cited in PanaTimes on CBDC trials using untested security protocols

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Caribbean China

In the News

Jul 5, 2022

Cary quoted in Bloomberg: Shanghai Data Breach Exposes Dangers of China’s Trove

On July 5, 2022, Global China Hub fellow Dakota Cary was quoted in a Bloomberg article titled, “Shanghai Data Breach Exposes Dangers of China’s Trove”. “The PRC government is likely in crisis mode right now. It seems obvious to ask why Shanghai MPS needed access to all this data, but this is the exact system […]

China Cybersecurity


Jul 3, 2022

Investing in Ukraine’s brains is vital for the country’s post-war prosperity

By Gerson S. Sher

International support for the development of Ukraine's education and tech sectors could hold the key to a strong and sovereign Ukrainian state once the current war with Putin's Russia is over, writes Gerson S. Sher.

Conflict Cybersecurity