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Notes from the field and analysis from our team—insights to give you practical leverage on the complex challenges of cybersecurity.

Featured in-depth research & reports

A synthesis of technical systems and policy dynamics, cybersecurity demands detailed understanding to create meaningful change. These reports dig deep into the concepts and assumptions that shape the geopolitics of cybersecurity. 

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Trey Herr

Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cyber Statecraft Initiative

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Digital Statecraft, Digital Streetcraft Podcasts

Nowadays, information technology is an essential part of any nation-state’s toolkit. And yet, in the digital space, nation-states are just a few of many actors. A mastery of cyber operations can give nation-states the advantage they need to pursue their economic, national security or foreign policy goals. But without private sector and civil society cooperation, that mastery can be difficult to achieve. Hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Digital Statecraft Digital Streetcraft features diverse perspectives from thinkers in academia, industry and government. By bridging the worlds of statecraft and streetcraft, it examines questions at the nexus of information and communications technologies, geopolitics and national security, searching for cooperation to make cyberspace safer, more stable and more secure for all.

Episode 5: Digital Defenders

August 28, 2019

In this episode of Digital Statecraft, Digital Streetcraft, we are joined by Dr. Trey Herr, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative; Mariah Kenny, a recent Graduate from the University of Virginia and NCCDC UVA team captain; and Caroline Linkous, freshman and Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia. Together they discuss the importance of training and educating the next generation of cyber defenders in order to remain at the forefront of the cybersecurity field.

Episode 4: Supply Chain Security in the 21st Century

April 15, 2019

Supply chain attacks have caused some of the most damaging cyber incidents in history, including the 2017 NotPetya malware incident, and they are on the rise. The proliferation of internet-connected devices and the increased reliance of foreign manufacturing increases the attack surface for organizations and makes maintaining visibility into an entire supply chain challenging. The Atlantic Council and Raytheon facilitate a dynamic and solution-oriented discussion on mitigating supply chain risks in an increasingly-connected world.

Episode 3: Operationalizing Cyber Strategies

March 15, 2019

Early 2019 saw the biggest inflection point in US cyber strategy since 1998, with the White House, Department of Defense, and Cyber Command all publicizing new strategies. These new strategies adhering to persistent engagement will have second and third-order effects in the interconnected cyber world. The Atlantic Council and Raytheon facilitate a discussion covering whether these new strategies are the right strategies and how the US can make them work.

Episode 2: The Human Element of Cybersecurity

January 31, 2019

Humans are on the front lines of cybersecurity. As companies grow weary of disappointing “silver bullet” technical cybersecurity solutions, they need to turn to their workforce and the cyber community. Employees are more than just a weakness in the cyber perimeter; they can also be a valuable resource once equipped and educated. Employers should also be open to potential security professionals with unconventional backgrounds who can provide invaluable non-technical perspectives.

Episode 1: Protecting US Critical Infrastructure

December 21, 2018

The security of US critical infrastructure is vital to the nation’s security, prosperity, and well-being. We live in an era of constant advances in the sophistication of attack technology and the emergence of more destructive attacks and bolder nation-state actions, resulting in unprecedented access to power grid operations. Despite renewed concerns about the threat and the risks associated with potential disruptions, threats clearly outpace our ability to secure the infrastructure.



Cyber security official

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

The American way of cyber warfare and the case of ISIS

The Cyber Vault collection shows the complexity in design and executing offensive cyber operations which help distinguish an ‘American way’ of cyber warfare—one that is no doubt closely mirrored by many of our allies.

New Atlanticist by JD Work


Tue, Apr 23, 2019

8th Annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement

On April 23, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted the International Conference on Cyber Engagement in conjunction with Dentons, PKO Bank Polski, and Texas A&M University. The conference featured 600 participants from over sixty countries for one day of panels and keynotes on some of the world’s most pressing cyber issues, such as […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council


Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Atlantic Council Statement on the Appointment of Christopher Porter as National Intelligence Officer for Cyber at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

"The Atlantic Council is proud to have one of our own, Christopher Porter, selected to serve as the top intelligence officer for cyber in the US government."

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Collective defense of human dignity: the vision for NATO’s future in cyberspace

An alliance under tension, NATO today faces the challenges of burden sharing, a multipolar world full of old adversaries and emerging challengers. In “Collective Defense of Human Dignity: The Vision for NATO’s Future in Cyberspace,” Christopher Porter, a nonresident senior fellow in the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council analyzes member states struggling with […]

Issue Brief by Christopher B. Porter

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Atlantic Council Announces Trey Herr as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative

The Atlantic Council today announced Trey Herr as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Herr will be central to further strengthening the Initiative’s continued work on cyberspace as a tool of statecraft in an era of expanding great-power competition where geopolitics and cybersecurity increasingly overlap.

Press Release by Atlantic Council

C912 Color Globe

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Past Conference Materials

Preparation Materials  Here you can find the complete scenarios for both the 2017 DC and Geneva competitions. In addition to the complete scenarios, also provided are the written policy briefs and decision documents of past teams who have received high scores and have reached semi-final and final rounds. 2017 EU Cyber 912 Full Intelligence Report2017 […]

Cyber 9/12 Project by Atlantic Council

Wed, Jan 2, 2019

Atlantic Council Announces Cyber Conference in Warsaw

Conference part of Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski announced today a major cyber conference “A New Initiative for Poland: A Future Global Leader in Securing the 4th Industrial Revolution” to take place in Warsaw on January […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Security & Defense

Fri, Jul 13, 2018

International Conference on Cyber Engagement 2019

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Uncategorized by Brandon Desiderio


Thu, May 30, 2013

A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 to 2012

A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986-2012 is the first book of its kind — a comprehensive, accessible history of cyber conflict. A Fierce Domain reaches back to look at the major “wake-up calls,” the major conflicts that have forced the realization that cyberspace is a harsh place where nations and others contest for superiority. […]

Books by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Security & Defense

Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge: 2016 Gallery

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Cyber 9/12 Project by Atlantic Council



Fri, Oct 4, 2019

The state of OT cybersecurity in the utilities industry

What is the best way to deal with the increasing threat of cyber attacks targeting energy infrastructure and what is the state of the utility industry’s ability to protect grid assets with cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies and strategies?

9:00am Washington DC