The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
About the Speakers
Laura Iavicoli, MD, FACEP, is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician with special expertise in Emergency Management and a Senior Assistant Vice President of Emergency Management for NYC Health and Hospitals. She is an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was employed for 20 years in Elmhurst Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she trained and taught Emergency Medicine Residents, Internal Medicine Residents, and Medical Students in Emergency Medicine. She has served on numerous hospital, local, and national committees devoted to emergency management issues. She has also led many publications, trainings, and seminars pertaining to disaster preparedness, including pandemic response, terrorism, mass casualties, blast injuries, psychiatric effects, decontamination, protective equipment, and many others. For over ten years, she participated as a disaster relief team member for NYC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Amit Uppal, MD specializes in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is an assistant profession with the NYU School of Medicine. He is the Director of Critical care and is the service-line lead for Critical Care across the NYC Health and Hospitals network. He has played leadership roles in the critical care response during Superstorm Sandy, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, and the COVID-19 pandemic.