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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.


New Atlanticist

Feb 29, 2024

Experts react: What Biden’s new executive order about Americans’ sensitive data really does

By Atlantic Council experts

US President Joe Biden just issued an executive order restricting the large-scale transfer of personal data to “countries of concern.” Atlantic Council experts share their insights.

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

The 5x5

Dec 13, 2023

The 5×5—2023: The cybersecurity year in review

By Simon Handler

A group of Atlantic Council fellows review the past year in cybersecurity, which organizations and initiatives made positive steps, and areas for improvement going forward. 

Cybersecurity National Security

Cyber 9/12 Project

Dec 5, 2023

2024 DC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

By Cyber Statecraft Initiative

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, in partnership with American University’s School of International Service and Washington College of Law, will hold the twelfth annual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge both virtually and in-person in Washington, DC on March 15-16, 2024. This event will be held in a hybrid format, meaning teams are welcome to attend either […]


The 5x5

Nov 29, 2023

The 5×5—Veteran perspectives on cyber workforce development

By Simon Handler, Nitansha Bansal

In honor of National Military Veterans and Families Month, a group of veterans discuss their transitions from the military to the cyber workforce and suggest ways to improve the process for others. 

Cybersecurity National Security

The 5x5

Oct 27, 2023

The 5×5—The cybersecurity implications of artificial intelligence

By Maia Hamin, Simon Handler

A group of experts with diverse perspectives discusses the intersection of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity

The 5x5

Sep 20, 2023

The 5×5—Bridging the divide: Cyber conflict in international relations

By Simon Handler

Researchers discuss the relationship between the cyber policy and academic communities, and share their advice for those interested in breaking into each community.

Cybersecurity National Security

In the News

Sep 6, 2023

Wired picked up a Global China Hub and Cyber Statecraft Initiative report on how China demands tech firms to reveal hackable flaws in their products. The initial report was written by Global China Hub Nonresident fellow Dakota Cary and Kristin Del Rosso

Andy Greenberg at Wired wrote about the recent Atlantic Council report which “investigates the fallout of a Chinese law passed in 2021, designed to reform how companies and security researchers operating in China handle the discovery of security vulnerabilities in tech products.” The original article report was written by Global China Hub nonresident fellow Dakota […]

China Economic Sanctions


Sep 6, 2023

Sleight of hand: How China weaponizes software vulnerabilities

By Dakota Cary and Kristin Del Rosso

China's new vulnerability management system mandates reporting to MIIT within 48 hours, restricting pre-patch publication and POC code. This centralized approach contrasts with the US voluntary system, potentially aiding Chinese intelligence. MIIT shares data with the MSS, affecting voluntary databases as well. MSS also fund firms to provide vulnerabilities for their offensive potential.

China Cybersecurity

The 5x5

Aug 21, 2023

The 5×5—Cloud risks and critical infrastructure

By Simon Handler

Experts share their perspectives on the challenges facing cloud infrastructure and how policy can encourage better security and risk governance across this critical sector.

Cybersecurity Infrastructure Protection

The 5x5

Aug 3, 2023

The 5×5—Cyber conflict in international relations: A policymaker’s perspective

By Simon Handler

Current and former policymakers address cyber conflict’s fundamental place in international relations, their recommended readings, and ideas for how policymakers and scholars can more effectively engage one another.

Cybersecurity National Security