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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 6: Securing the Software Supply Chain

November 4, 2019

The sheer magnitude and volume of code in software is always expanding. With many open source contributors and the opaque cloud operation of most software, there are just as many vulnerabilities as technological capabilities. In this episode, hear Michael Daly, the CTO of Raytheon, talk about this increasingly important topic: supply chain software security.

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.

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Experts

Content

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Russia orders tech platforms to remove coronavirus “fake news”

The Russian government has been actively engaged in spreading disinformation and misinformation around the pandemic. The Kremlin has also been active in ordering internet platforms operating in the country to remove coronavirus “fake news” from their platforms, which follows previous Kremlin efforts to crack down on independent internet sites offering legitimate news.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

Coronavirus Disinformation

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Minding the cyber talent gap

Defending against threats in cyberspace is hard enough, but severe cybersecurity talent deficiencies have consistently made the challenge harder for both public and private sector organizations. Our Cyber Statecraft Initiative experts go CSI5x5 to dig into the people problem of cybersecurity, its implications, and possible solutions.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge wraps up its third year in London

UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure hails Cyber 9/12’s “fantastic” work in developing the UK’s “cyber leaders of the future”

Press Release

Cybersecurity United Kingdom

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Sherman quoted in Defense One on Russia’s cyber warfare capabilities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Sherman in Lawfare: US diplomacy is a necessary part of countering China’s digital authoritarianism

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Cybersecurity

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Sherman quoted in POLITICO on tracing the spread of coronavirus scams

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Sherman in the Diplomat: Trump and Modi embrace, but remain digitally divided

In the News by Atlantic Council

India Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Sherman in WIRED: Giant Report Lays Anvil on US Cyber Policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

The evolution of the internet and geopolitics

The internet has been a pivotal force behind the growth of the global digital economy and altered the relationship among states, their citizens, and the private sector. These changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and ushered in a new generation of globally-powerful multinational companies. However, new dynamics of conflict are threatening the internet as we know it.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Internet

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Sherman in WIRED: Governments Are Clamping Down On Foreign Tech Investments

State inspection of foreign investments at home isn’t novel. Probing NGOs and mandating registration of foreign lobbyists are just two decades-old examples. What’s different today is that countries are accelerating and expanding these powers where they already exist, or freshly architecting them altogether. It’s a way for governments to address two things: perceived foreign influence over their domestic technology spheres, and perceived risks of foreign governments using investments and acquisitions to access sensitive data.

In the News by Atlantic Council

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Events

Mon, May 18, 2020

A transatlantic agenda for cloud & security

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and PKO Bank Polski host a joint, one-day conference at the Sofitel Victoria in Warsaw, Poland.

9:00am Warszawa Poland