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Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Handler in Lawfare: Election Security After Iowa

The Iowa caucus debacle showcased how unhinged conspiracies can inflict damage on democratic institutions that’s just as severe as more direct electoral manipulation—along with the risk posed by overblown electoral outrage. To the extent that Iowa was a dry run for more pernicious election security issues that might arise in the general election, just about everyone failed the test.

In the News by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Elections

Tue, Jan 28, 2020

The 2010s: A cyber decade in review

The past ten years have, among other things, witnessed the most-costly cyberattack on record, the discovery of a computer worm capable of wreaking physical destruction, and USCYBERCOM’s elevation to unified combatant command status. As we turn the page to 2020, we’re looking back to recap the most significant, overblown, and emergent cyber incidents of the decade.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Warring for the soul of the internet: Ten years on

The new reality is one where democracies must play a more assertive role to protect an open, free, fair, and secure internet, utilizing a strategy that recognizes the changes the internet has undergone, the pernicious influence of authoritarian states, and the role companies have in both protecting and fragmenting it. The internet can’t be brought back in time but there is hope, perhaps, that its original core values can be preserved in a new form through determined effort by its users, some companies, and the democratic states where the open web was born.

New Atlanticist by Trey Herr and Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Internet

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Brookie joins NPR to discuss the growing role of private cyber security firms in identifying foreign state hackers

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity United States and Canada

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Cyber 9/12: Education and innovation on a global scale

One of the most important barriers to robust global cybersecurity is the shortage of capable individuals in the workforce pipeline. By 2021, predictions suggest that the world will have more than 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, with both the private and public sectors facing hiring shortages. While the United States has budding international relations, cybersecurity, and IT-focused academic programs, very little has been done to address the interaction between them, which will be crucial for the success of future cybersecurity professionals.

New Atlanticist by Will Loomis

Cybersecurity

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: What will follow the US strike on Major General Soleimani?

This development will influence US engagement with Iran and partners in the region and its knock-on effects may very well manifest in the cyber domain. What type of de-escalatory engagement should we expect between the US and Iran following the assassination of Soleimani? What types of responses, both kinetic and cyber, can we expect from Iran, a country in need of appearing powerful to its allies and adversaries?

Press and Members Call by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Iran

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

US-Iran in crisis: Strategic ambiguity and loud weapons in cyberspace

Iran’s government will feel the need to retaliate against the United States, but it does not wish to ignite a prolonged war with the United States. The regime’s near-term aim is to demonstrate to its domestic and regional constituencies that it has the capability and the resolve to avenge Soleimani’s killing and, more strategically, to drum up support for hardliners ahead of legislative elections next month. While Iran has a number of options available, its cyber toolkit not one to be overlooked.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler, Katherine Wolff, Will Loomis

Cybersecurity Iran

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Herr quoted in Cheddar on Iranian threat to U.S. grid

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Warrick interviewed on Yahoo Finance discussing Iranian offensive cyber capabilities

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Iran

Wed, Dec 25, 2019

McFate quoted in the Washington Post on US cyber efforts to counter Russian interference

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

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