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Our articles, issue briefs, and reports consist of notes from the field and analysis from our team—insights to give you practical leverage on the complex challenges of cybersecurity. A synthesis of technical systems and policy dynamics, cybersecurity demands detailed understanding to create meaningful change. These analyses dig deep into the concepts and assumptions that shape the geopolitics of cybersecurity. 

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Tue, Jun 2, 2020

The UK is forging a 5G club of democracies to avoid reliance on Huawei

As the need for alternatives to Huawei 5G technology becomes more urgent, democracies must pursue these kinds of diplomatic, coalition solutions. Forming a democratic 5G alliance is a step in that direction.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

China Cybersecurity

Wed, May 27, 2020

The cybersecurity effects of coronavirus

Since COVID-19 began to spread within the United States in January of this year, the United States has been concentrating its efforts on mitigating the crisis at both a state and federal level. However, all efforts at containing the growing cybersecurity problems have been surface level and reactive at best.

New Atlanticist by Derek Bernsen

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

Tue, May 26, 2020

Is it a game or is it real? Simulations and wargaming in cyber

Greater insight into risk and response allow public and private sector organizations to better prepare for crisis before it happens and rerun history to stave off defeat in future. Wargames can be complex live events or low-cost simulations. They can even be the basis for major reforms to policy and doctrine, giving us much to understand about them. Shall we play a game?

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity

Tue, May 19, 2020

Seven perspectives on securing the global IoT supply chain

Many IoT devices are manufactured abroad and many of these are extremely low cost with little consideration made for security. There is nothing inherently untrustworthy or insecure about foreign manufacturing, and individual firm and product lines are much more fruitful levels of analysis in establishing good security practices from bad. Importantly however—the United States has limited means to enforce its standards in foreign jurisdictions, like China, where the bulk of IoT products are manufactured.

New Atlanticist by Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Internet

Tue, May 12, 2020

Cyber crises need strong collaboration: Reflections from Cyber 9/12

Cyber 9/12 sharpened our ability to analyze an evolving situation and identify its key issues, adapt to unexpected changes, and recommend effective responses to manage the crisis.

New Atlanticist by Alexis Montouris Ciambotti, Manuel Hepfer, Matthew Rogers, and Yashovardhan Sharma.

Cybersecurity United Kingdom

Thu, May 7, 2020

Sherman quoted in Defense One on Putin’s response to coronavirus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Russia

Tue, May 5, 2020

Handler in the Austin American-Statesman: Militarize the COVID-19 response at our own peril

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic been compared to war, it is being treated as one. The problem: That’s not only inaccurate, it’s also detrimental to the public health, safety, and response. On April 17, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order creating the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas. The term strike force, most commonly […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus

Fri, May 1, 2020

Sherman in WIRED: The Russian Doll of Putin’s Internet Clampdown

In the News by Atlantic Council

Internet Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Loose cobras: DPRK regime succession and uncertain control over offensive cyber capabilities

Unconfirmed rumors surfaced in mid April 2020 regarding the potential incapacitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leading to speculation about the ramifications of a sudden transition of leadership in Pyongyang. These rumors raise serious concerns over the stability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) control of offensive cyber operations capabilities.

Issue Brief by JD Work

Cybersecurity East Asia

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Infrastructure interdependence a threat to upcoming elections

Recent developments indicate that Russia could exploit the interdependent nature of our critical infrastructure to disrupt our elections via well-timed cyberattacks. How prepared are we to address election interference that goes beyond information operations?

New Atlanticist by Nicholas Cunningham

Cybersecurity Elections