Pillars of work

Geopolitics of cybersecurity

Working to shape the conduct of statecraft toward addressing the insecurity of widely used technology systems and risks posed by states and non-state actors.

Securing operational technology

Promoting public awareness and effective policy to secure physical technologies and control systems across a range of critical infrastructures.

Communities of cyberspace

cyber 9/12

Programming centered on people; increasing the accessibility of the cybersecurity field and providing high quality educational, training, and mentorship opportunities to a diverse community of emerging leaders in technology and security.

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Cyber Statecraft team

Cyber Statecraft fellows

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.



Jan 25, 2022

Cybersecurity for innovative small and medium enterprises and academia

By Franklin D. Kramer, Melanie J. Teplinsky, and Robert J. Butler

Innovation is fundamental to United States global leadership, critical both for the economy and for national security. Yet the resilience of the US innovation ecosystem against adversary cyber espionage and attack—most specifically from China—has not received the attention required, particularly given the essential innovation roles played by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and by academia.

China Cybersecurity

New Atlanticist

Jan 13, 2022

This year, Russia’s internet crackdown will be even worse

By Justin Sherman

As the world watches Putin's moves in and around Ukraine, the Kremlin's internet crackdown is no less worthy of attention.

Cybersecurity Internet

New Atlanticist

Jan 4, 2022

So much for a ‘world without borders’? Countries are marking their territory in cyberspace.

By Alix Desforges and Aude Géry

State borders in cyberspace are more complex, more fluid, and perpetually being reconfigured.

Digital Policy Infrastructure Protection

Cyber 9/12 Project

Dec 21, 2021

2022 DC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

By Cyber Statecraft Initiative

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold its tenth annual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge in Washington, DC on March 25-26, 2022. In lieu of our usual in-person competition, we will host the entire event over the Zoom platform. The agenda and format will look very similar to past Cyber 9/12 Challenges, except that it will be held […]


The 5×5

Dec 21, 2021

The 5×5—Hindsight 2021: Cybersecurity is hard

By Simon Handler

We brought together a group of distinguished experts to unpack the year that was and provide an outlook on the cyber policy challenges that lie ahead.

Conflict Cybersecurity

In the News

Dec 15, 2021

Handler in Lawfare: The strategic intelligence value of ransomware

By Atlantic Council

Cyber Statecraft Initiative Fellow Simon Handler explains that focusing on ransomware as criminal activity overlooks the real strategic value these operations can provide their owners.

Conflict Cybersecurity

The 5×5

Dec 9, 2021

The 5×5—The state of cybersecurity in Latin America

By Simon Handler

Experts provide insights into the current state of cybersecurity in Latin America, how capacity and cooperation could be improved, and what the future holds for the region.

Caribbean Conflict

Issue Brief

Dec 6, 2021

Cybersecurity concerns for the energy sector in the maritime domain

By Andy Bochman, Ian Ralby

As a wide spectrum of energy companies continue to rely on the maritime domain or even increase that reliance, they must be mindful that traditional maritime threats—like piracy, theft, and weather events—are not the only threats they face today. Maritime cybersecurity concerns are among the most potentially disruptive to energy-sector interests, and yet are among the least understood and addressed.

Cybersecurity Energy Transitions


Nov 30, 2021

Improving Cybersecurity Outcomes in the Telecommunications Sector

By Tasha Jhangiani and Frances Schroeder

From Internet service providers (ISPs) to cable companies, the telecommunications industry facilitates rapid and widespread communication across the globe. With recent increases in cyber attacks, telecommunications firms have been affected by cyber threats more than ever before. Due to the significant amount of private information that is shared and stored through the critical networks they […]

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation


Nov 19, 2021

A Lunar Guide to Ransomware: Choose-your-own-adventure

By Emma Schroeder, Logan Wolff, and the Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Check out the Cyber Statecraft Initiative's ransomware choose-your-own-adventure story!