13 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

True or False: The Battle Against Disinformation

Wed., Sep. 28, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Join us on September 28th at 12:00PM as we welcome the Honorable Ellen E. McCarthy to Harvard Kennedy School for a discussion on disinformation and truth in media as part of our latest Intelligence Seminar. In the world of information warfare, combating disinformation requires a joint strategy guiding a wide range of actors, including academia, tech companies, non profits, and entertainment, working together. This conversation will touch on recent work done by Truth in Media, a new initiative to distill fact from fiction in an increasingly challenging world of misinformation and disinformation.

Hon. Ellen McCarthy is the Chairwoman and CEO of the Truth in Media Cooperative and Noodle Labs. She has over three decades of national security service in a variety of leadership roles that span numerous intelligence organizations and disciplines, most recently as the lead of one of the U.S. Intelligence Community's 18 agencies. As the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, she reported to the Secretary of State and led a team that provided intelligence support for foreign policy purposes.

The discussion will be moderated by Lauren Zabierek, Belfer Center Executive Director and Maria Robson-Morrow, Program Manager for the Intelligence Project. This hybrid event is on the record and the virtual option is open to the public. The in-person option is open only to Harvard students, staff, faculty and fellows. Registration is required. Please note that in person registration is via the Zoom link; please select the in person option.

Food will be provided at the event.


Seminar - Open to the Public

The North Korean Model: Using Cyber Capabilities to Blunt Sanctions and Generate Illicit Revenue

Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Financially motivated cyber operations, especially cybercrime, represent an increasingly central component of North Korea’s strategy for evading sanctions and generating illicit revenue. In this event, Priscilla Moriuchi and Alex O’Neill will discuss ongoing trends and future expectations for North Korean financially motivated cyber operations, as well as O’Neill’s recent report, Cybercriminal Statecraft.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project and the Cyber Project.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Rebooting America: A Conversation with Former Member of Congress Will Hurd

Thu., Apr. 7, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

*Please note the room change for in-person attendees.*

“It is getting harder to get big things done in America.  To meet the challenges of the twenty-first century, our country needs a reset.” - American Reboot

Join the Intelligence and Cyber Projects in conversation with former Congressman Will Hurd. Mr. Will Hurd is currently a managing director at Allen & Company and former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and undercover officer in the CIA. In his forthcoming book, American Reboot, he tackles five challenges facing the United States: the need for a principled vision from the Republican Party; what he sees as a lack of honest leadership in Washington, DC; income inequality threatening the livelihood of millions of Americans; the lack of a guarantee of continued U.S. economic and military dominance; and the immense scope of impending technological change in the next thirty years. In this candid discussion, we aim to drive at the very specific cyber and intelligence challenges our nation is facing right now, and how we can address them. The discussion will be moderated by Lauren Zabierek, Executive Director of the Cyber Project, and Paul Kolbe, Director of the Intelligence Project. This hybrid event is on the record and the virtual option is open to the public. The in-person option is open only to Harvard affiliates. Registration is required.


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Cyber Security Challenges and the FBI's Response

Thu., Mar. 10, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Join the Intelligence and Cyber Projects for a hybrid seminar discussion on cybersecurity with Cynthia Kaiser, Section Chief with the FBI's Cyber Division. In the Cyber Division, Cynthia focuses on public-private outreach, information sharing across all levels of government, addressing cyber threats to elections, and identifying and responding to risks from malicious cyber actors. In this talk, Cynthia will discuss the FBI's approach to cyber security risks in the United States and current mitigation measures. This discussion will be moderated by Cyber Project Executive Director Lauren Zabierek.

This event is for Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates. The event is being held under the Chatham House Rule and is off the record. Attendees may join in person in the Allison Dining Room at HKS (first 50 registrants who opt to join in person), or virtually via Zoom. Please register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AFLFGQLPTSSzG_AEJ7MAfA. If you are planning to attend person, select the in person option in the registration form.

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Call to Action: Securing the International Supply Chain in the Digital Era

Wed., Apr. 7, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:15pm


The Belfer Center's Intelligence Project will host a discussion on international cooperation on securing supply chain vulnerabilities and 5G issues with cyber and intelligence leaders from the U.S., UK, Australia, and Canada on Wednesday, April 7th from 10:00am-12:15pm.

This event will be open to the public. Advance registration for both sessions is required. 


Image Courtesy of Lauren Zabierek

Special Series - Open to the Public

#ShareTheMicInCyber: Celebrating Black Women in Cybersecurity and Privacy

Fri., Mar. 19, 2021 | 9:00am - 5:00pm


On Friday, March 19, the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy communities will come together to lift the voices of Black Women in the field as part of the #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign in celebration of Women’s History Month.  

#ShareTheMicInCyber is an online conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn started by Camille Stewart and Lauren Zabierek, with the aim of addressing a number of issues stemming from systemic racism in cybersecurity. The campaign highlights the experiences of Black practitioners in this field, catalyzing a critical conversation on race in the industry and shining a light on Black practitioners’ accomplishments to identify them as experts in their fields, all while creating professional opportunities and bringing the community together.

Racism, like cybersecurity, is a national security issue. It’s not enough to be “not racist”- we must be anti-racist. As a community, let’s stand up against systemic racism. Together, let’s honor our Black colleagues & lift up underrepresented voices. We are excited to celebrate Black Women in Security & Privacy on March 19, 2021--all day on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Examining the Solarwinds Orion Hack: Implications for Government and the Private Sector

Wed., Feb. 3, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


The Belfer Center's Intelligence and Cyber Projects will co-host a discussion on the recent Solarwinds Orion hack with David Sanger, Camille Stewart, Priscilla Moriuchi, and Dr. Erica Borghard on Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:00-1:15pm.

This event will be open to the public. Advance registration is required. 

Conference - Open to the Public

Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 - Fri., Sep. 25, 2020


Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community is a two-day conference co-hosted by the Intelligence and Cyber Projects at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

The conference will take place over two consecutive mornings, with the first day focusing on identifying and understanding the current state of, and the opportunities and issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) in the IC; and the second focused on developing and discussing innovative solutions to these issues. We will convene senior leadership in the USIC, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate honest, open, and productive conversations.

This conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to attend.  Advanced registration is required. Please register here or via the link below to gain access to the Zoom link. 

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Special Online Event: Expert Working Group on Government-Tech Partnership to Track COVID-19

Fri., Apr. 17, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm


Join the Cyber Project and the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) as we convene tech, government, health, and policy experts in an important discussion on the federal government's efforts to work with tech companies and academia in using citizen data to track and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Our main question: How do we get this right--to save lives and preserve privacy and security?

We will use this discussion to generate policy recommendations for the relevant task force working on this issue within the federal government. 

The Working Group will feature experts from Harvard Kennedy School, the Belfer Center, and MIT*

The Honorable Sue Gordon                    Eric Rosenbach

Juliette Kayyem                                         Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux

Jim Waldo                                                   Bruce Schneier

Alex Stamos                                                Kathy Pham

Robby Mook                                               Dr. Marc Zissman

Andrew McLaughlin, J.D.                       Jonathan Zittrain

*Working group still in formation.  Please see full titles of Working Group Members in tab below