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Wed, Aug 25, 2021

The 5×5—Cyber capacity and conflict in Africa

We brought together a panel of contributors with various perspectives on the region to break down the state of cybersecurity in Africa and explore where investments in cyber capacity could go the furthest.

The 5×5 by Simon Handler

Africa Cybersecurity

Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The 5×5—If it blinks, it sinks: Adventures in securing operational technology

With rising sophistication, automation, and interconnectivity in operational technologies, security has become an overwhelming need.

The 5×5 by Will Loomis, Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The 5×5—The state of cybersecurity in the Middle East

How will recent developments in the Middle East affect cybersecurity cooperation, and what does the future of the region’s cyber landscape look like?

The 5×5 by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Iran

Thu, May 13, 2021

The 5×5—How retaliation shapes cyber conflict

Imposing costs—or retaliation—in the physical domain has been studied, but what does retaliation look like in cyberspace and how is it different than retaliation in the physical domain?

The 5×5 by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Security & Defense

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Herr and Handler featured on an episode of the “Acquisition Talk” podcast

Eric Lofgren hosted Trey Herr and Simon Handler from the Cyber Statecraft Initiative on the Acquisition Talk podcast to discuss how the Department of Defense can improve the resilience of its mission systems.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Defense Industry

Mon, Feb 8, 2021

Sherman and Herr in The National Interest: Finding a foreign policy for the internet

At present, the United States foreign policy for the internet is absent, and much of the country’s policy efforts could be summed up as “not what China is doing,” a rejectionist attitude beset on all sides by purposeful adversaries and weakened alliances. The United States government does not yet have a constructive strategy for the […]

Op-Ed

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Protecting the new frontier: Seven perspectives on aerospace cybersecurity

The aviation community is experiencing unprecedented difficulties, while space is emerging as a new fronter with challenges of its own. But there are opportunities for experts across the aerospace sector to tackle its cybersecurity challenges.

Article by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Space

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Why we fight: Learning from the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Competitors finish the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge better prepared to communicate their ideas, better prepared to address the complex threat-filled environment presented by modern cybersecurity, and better prepared to contribute new ideas and new thinking that may someday help to reduce the risks of unnecessary conflict carried out through the cyber domain. These are all good reasons to compete.

Blog Post by Robert Carolina

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Handler in Lawfare: Normalizing Arab-Israeli Relations Through Cybersecurity Cooperation

This diplomatic rekindling between Israel and the Arab world offers an opportunity for the United States to establish a regional cybersecurity cooperation center dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Iran

Sun, Jul 26, 2020

App stores in focus

App stores and hubs are a popular target for software supply chain attacks on large numbers of users, exploiting trust in proprietary app ecosystems and the security of storefronts like Play Store and App Store.

Feature by Trey Herr, June Lee, Will Loomis, and Stewart Scott

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, 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.