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Watch live: Cyberwar in Ukraine?

Does cyberwarfare offer tactical advantages on the battlefield?  Join a panel discussion with Passcode and the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative on Thursday,  April 14.

Passcode is proud to serve as the sole media partner for the Cyber Risk series of events with the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Please join us on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for a panel discussion with a group of prominent cybersecurity experts.

Russian aggression against Ukraine serves as a case study for how information technology and computer hacking have been used in broader military campaigns. The Russo-Ukrainian conflict witnessed digital propaganda, denial-of-service campaigns, website defacements, and cutting-edge cyber espionage malware. Most recently, and potentially most significantly, the conflict involved cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s energy grid—critical civilian infrastructure. Can cyberattacks offer soldiers a tactical advantage on the battlefield? Can they have a strategic effect? What are the scenarios in which an escalation of the conflict in cyberspace might occur?

This moderated panel discussion will explore the tactical and strategic implications of Internet-era warfare in general and in Ukraine in particular, discuss their significance for policy and law, and analyze ongoing information operations. For both public and private sector leaders, the cyber dimension of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine offers many lessons and sheds light on whether cyber war is still rooted in science fiction, or has become a reality.

Conversation with:

Kenneth Geers, @KennethGeersNonresident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council; Centre Ambassador NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence

Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation)

Jeffrey Mankoff, @DrJMankoffDeputy Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSISRussia)

Alina Polyakova, @alinasphereDeputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Atlantic Council

Introduction by:

Jan Lodal, Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Beau Woods, @beauwoodsDeputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Event Details:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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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