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Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

The Making of a Cyber Diplomat

| Aug. 23, 2017

Cyber diplomacy thus far has been a careful balance of promoting both the U.S.’s interests and values in cyberspace. Obvious as it may sound, we think that the next step for the Trump Administration should be to consider and then explain the interests and values it wants to pursue. Although anything is possible, they may well come out similar to past Republican and Democrat administrations. But now is the time to turn ambiguity into clarity and to ensure we continue to channel our considerable diplomatic heft towards the pursuit of core interests and values.

Marina Kaljurand

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Controlling Cyber Conflict

| Aug. 08, 2017

"While cyber and nuclear technologies are vastly different, the process by which society learns to cope with a highly disruptive technology shows instructive similarities. It took states about two decades to reach the first cooperative agreements in the nuclear era. If one dates the cyber-security problem not from the beginning of the Internet in the 1970s, but from the late 1990s, when burgeoning participation made the Internet the substrate for economic and military interdependence (and thus increased our vulnerability), cooperation is now at about the two-decade mark."

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Analysis & Opinions - Lawfare

Ransomware Remixed: The Song Remains the Same

| June 28, 2017

Trey Herr discusses what proliferation looks like in cyberspace: someone writes a piece of malware, a third party finds it, adapts it, adds in some of their own code or that from an open source project …et voila, a new piece of malware is born. This latest epidemic is based on a commonly used ransomware, combined with a modified version of the NSA’s leaked exploit, and tied together with some new encryption functionality and part of an open source security tool.