Cyber Risk Wednesdays

The Cyber Risk Wednesday event series, underwritten by Raytheon, provides the cognitive and physical space to help policymakers, corporate leaders, and the public navigate technology and policy interrelationships in a language that resonates with them, and to inject foresight-driven and multidisciplinary analyses into core cyber debates.

Also listen to the Cyber Statecraft Initiative's podcast, underwritten by Raytheon, Digital Statecraft, Digital Streetcraft.
  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Supply Chain Security in the 21st Century

    On March 27, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a public panel to discuss supply chain cybersecurity. The timely discussion, underwritten by Raytheon, followed on the heels of the March 25 disclosure that computer hardware company ASUS had unwittingly been delivering malicious software to ASUS computer owners via its automatic software update utility. While an estimated one million ASUS computer users were affected in the campaign that Symantec Corporation believes began as early as June 2018, other supply chain attacks, such as NotPetya in 2017, have been far more widespread and damaging, and will certainly grow more so in the future.


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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Operationalizing Cyber Strategies

    On February 27, 2019, as part of its Cyber Risk Wednesday event series underwritten by Raytheon, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative hosted a public panel discussion on how the United States can operationalize its cyber strategies. In 2018, the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the White House all released their own cyber strategies. As the increasingly complex cyber landscape continues to evolve, it is essential that the US can execute on these high-level strategies to provide a solid strategic framework for advancing US interests through enhanced cybersecurity.


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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: The Human Element of Cybersecurity

    The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative hosted a public panel on November 14, 2018, to discuss the human element of cybersecurity. The panel, underwritten by Raytheon, was comprised of Mr. Sean Berg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure at Forcepoint; Ms. Amy Chang, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst for Cybersecurity Operations at JPMorgan Chase; Dr. Andrea Little Limbago, Chief Social Scientist at Virtru; and Mr. Eric Welling, Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Atlantic Council Board Director Gen. James E. Cartwright USMC (Ret.) delivered opening remarks, and nonresident senior fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Mr. Pete Cooper, moderated the discussion.


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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Protecting US Critical Infrastructure

    On October 17, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative hosted a public panel discussion on the security of US critical infrastructure as a part of its Cyber Risk Wednesday event series, underwritten by Raytheon. The vital nature of critical infrastructure to the nation’s security, prosperity, and well-being render it a key target to malicious actors in cyberspace. As the sophistication of attack technology grows, the US and its strategic partners must ensure a resilient critical infrastructure system or will be outpaced by threat actors.

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  • Cyber Risk Monday: The Darkening Web

    On Monday July 17th, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft initiative, part of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, held a moderated discussion where panelists Laura Galante,senior fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and former director of Global Intelligence at FireEye; Alexander Klimburg, senior fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and program director at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies;Jane Holl Lute, Atlantic Council board director and CEO of SICPA;and  moderator Tal Kopan, political reporter atCNN, discussed the chilling consequences of cyberspace as a new field of conflict.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and the Future of US Cyber Policy

    The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity turned its report in to the President on December 1, 2016. Established in February 2016 by executive order, the Commission was charged with making recommendations to “address actions that can be taken over the next decade” to improve national cybersecurity. The Commission’s recommendations are expected to include information for government agencies, private companies, and other stakeholders, covering a wide range of activities in cyberspace, emerging technologies, the Internet of Things, and industry best practices.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Software Liability—the Good, the Bad, and the Uncomfortable

    With more cars and medical devices connecting to the internet, what happens if automakers and health care companies don't start prioritizing digital security?

    Many cybersecurity experts worry that faulty code in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) won't just cause systems to malfunction and freeze. Instead, they say, flaws inside connected cars or pacemakers could lead to serious injury or death.

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Hacking the Vote

    Could malicious hackers or foreign operatives actually interfere with voting on Nov. 8 and influence the outcome on Election Day?

    Probably not. But it's still a question many technical and election experts are asking, Washington is worried about, and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are talking about in the final stages of a presidential campaign already marked by unprecedented warnings of fraud at the polls.

    In a statement earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the US "is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions... to interfere with the US election process." Separately, in August, the FBI reported breaches into Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and cautioned other states to bolster cybersecurity protections against of Nov. 8.

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  • Cyber Risk Thursday: Online Communities and the Future of National Security

    Can the overwhelming number of good actors in online hacking communities be creatively mobilized to combat the nefarious actors in their midst? Must we trade innovation for national security, or can they reinforce each other? And what happens when you drop military counterproliferation operators into the hacker spaces of Silicon Valley?

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  • Cyber Risk Wednesday: Healthcare Internet of Things

    The latest medical advances lay at the intersection of patient care and connected technology. Integration of new technology enables innovations that improve patient outcomes, reduce cost of care delivery, and advance medical research. However, new technology also introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries that must be anticipated and addressed proactively. Where cyber security issues can affect patient safety, an appropriate standard of care is warranted. In recent weeks, cyber threats have become the top-of-mind topic for healthcare and security communities; an open letter from Senator Barbara Boxer called on manufacturers to improve cybersecurity of their products, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began a public push for good-faith hacking of medical devices.

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