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Watch live: What can America do about hacks like the OPM breach?

Join Passcode and the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative for a discussion on appropriate responses to recent intrusions into sensitive US government systems like the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on Wednesday, August 19 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Two months ago, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered the biggest breach of US government data in history, exposing sensitive information on millions of Americans. While the Obama administration has refrained from publicly attributing the attack, many officials have privately pointed the finger at China. In July, hackers penetrated the Joint Chiefs of Staff email network in what has been described as the "most sophisticated" cyber breach in the history of the US military. Although the investigation is still underway, suspicion has quickly fallen on Russia. And just days ago, news broke about Chinese cyber spies having had access to the private emails of top US officials since at least 2010.

In light of the unprecedented scale and scope of these recent data breaches, the Obama administration faces difficult questions: Does political cyber espionage warrant retaliation? Would retaliating effectively deter US cyber adversaries, or would it further escalate the conflict, especially as the United States itself has been caught spying on other nation states?

To answer these questions and suggest a way forward, this moderated panel discussion brings together recognized cybersecurity and espionage experts Siobhan Gorman, Director at Brunswick's Washington, DC office; Jason Healey, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs; and Robert Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow for Cyber Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.



Jason Healey, @Jason_HealeySenior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Atlantic Council; Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University

Robert Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow Council on Foreign Relations

Moderated by:

Siobahn Gorman, @Gorman_SiobhanDirector, Washington DC Brunswick

Event Details:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
4 - 5:30 pm
Atlantic Council 1030 15th Street, NW 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)
Washington, DC

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During 2014, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative continued to promote its ideas on Saving Cyberspace, examining the best (and worst) cyber futures, and collaborating on groundbreaking ideas with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and other stakeholders.

Our 2014 Year in Review details our accomplishments, efforts, and programming ranging from our groundbreaking project with Zurich Insurance Group (video here) to our student cyber policy competition ‘Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge’.

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