123 Events

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Seminar - Open to the Public

A Deeper Look at Iranian Cyber Operations

Thu., Oct. 7, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

The increasing tempo of offensive cyber operations by Iran and its adversaries, including the US and Israel, has led many commentators to label them as “tit-for-tat”: a cyclical action-reaction dynamic where each side seeks to respond appropriately to an earlier violation by the other. However, this interpretation has significant theoretical and empirical deficiencies. Why, then, does a tit-for-tat narrative dominate our understanding of Iranian cyber activity, and what are the consequences?

Join the Cyber Project in conversation with James Shires and Mike McGetrick, the authors of the report, Rational Not Reactive: Re-evaluating Expectations of Iranian Cyber Strategy Beyond “Tit-for-Tat.”  The work of Shires and McGetrick, along with important research contributions by HKS MPP graduate, Usha Sahay, will contribute significantly to the collective understanding of Iran's broader strategy for its cyber operations. 

Colonial Pipeline

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Ransomware: Impacts and Insights

Thu., Sep. 30, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

Join the Cyber Project as we explore the grave impacts of ransomware on our national (and international) security.  We will explore recent lessons from attacks on the healthcare and financial industries, discuss recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force, and ask what role the US government should take to combat the threat, especially through the Department of Defense (reports linked below).

The Cyber Peace Insitute: Playing with Lives: Cyberattacks on Healthcare are Attacks on People https://cyberpeaceinstitute.org/publications/sar001-healthcare/

Ransomware Task Force Report: Combatting Ransomware. A Comprehensive Framework for Action: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force: https://securityandtechnology.org/ransomwaretaskforce/report/ 

What Is Cyber Command’s Role in Combating Ransomware? https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-cyber-commands-role-combating-ransomware 

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Seminar - Harvard Students

The Coming AI Hackers

Tue., Sep. 21, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Join the Cyber Project with Bruce Schneier as he discusses his paper, The Coming AI Hackers:  Bruce Schneier warns that artificial intelligence will eventually find vulnerabilities in all sorts of social, economic, and political systems, and then exploit them at unprecedented speed, scale, and scope. After hacking humanity, AI systems will then hack other AI systems, and humans will be little more than collateral damage.

This event will be held at One Brattle, Suite 470 and will be capped at 15 students per COVID guidelines.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Exploring Rules of the Road in Cyber between the US and Russia

Tue., June 22, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

Join Russia Matters and the Cyber Project as we explore whether there should be “Rules of the Road” with Russia in the Cyber domain. Two of the authors of the recent paper, “US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace: Are Rules of the Road Necessary or Possible?” Cyber Project Executive Director Lauren Zabierek and Pavel Sharikov, senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, will provide their own perspectives on this topic, exploring where the US and Russia converge and diverge on the issues.

Moderated by Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe, this conversation will be especially relevant after the historic Biden-Putin Summit on June 16.  

Disclaimer: This event is under Chatham House Rules. The event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization. If any journalists in attendance would like to quote the panelists, please contact them directly.

National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The NSCAI Final Report: Recommendations on Defending America and Winning the Technology Competition in the AI Era

Wed., May 5, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Online

Please join the Cyber Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship in conversation with members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) as they present their recommendations from the commission's final report. 

The final report focuses on two parts: Defending America in the AI Era, and Winning the Technology Competition.  You can read an interactive version of the report here: https://reports.nscai.gov/final-report/table-of-contents/ 

Disclaimer: While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

Nicole Perlroth

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Seminar - Open to the Public

This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: A Discussion with the Author, Nicole Perlroth

Tue., Mar. 30, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

Join the Cyber Project in conversation with Nicole Perlroth, author of This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, which is the culmination of years of research and interviews covering the cyber arms race.  On this stop on her virtual book tour, we'll discuss where around the globe her research took  her, the conclusions she developed, and her thoughts for U.S. national cybersecurity policy. 

Disclaimer: While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

 

#ShareTheMicInCyber

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Special Series - Open to the Public

#ShareTheMicInCyber: Celebrating Black Women in Cybersecurity and Privacy

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

Online

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.

America and Internet of Things

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Securing America: A Conversation with Cyber Experts Who Secure the Things We Love

Tue., Mar. 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

Salads. Movies. Our favorite cities. What do these things have to do with national security?   In this session, cybersecurity leaders Yolonda Smith, Ashley Tolbert, and Quiessence Phillips will discuss how they secure the things that we love, their thoughts on cyber defense and our nation's resilience amid ambient cyber conflict, and how to bridge the gap between trust and safety of products and services we use and our national security. 

Disclaimer: While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Geneva Convention and International Cyber Incidents

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

Using two recent cyber operations that targeted civilians, WannaCry and NotPetya, Tarah Wheeler and Lord John Alderdice will discuss their research which proposes these operations were violations of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, specifically Article 7: Crimes Against Humanity and Article 8: War Crimes. They will show the actual code from these cyber weapons, discuss the impacts on civilians, propose obeying international law, and tell you why there will never be a cyber Pearl Harbor.

Please note: While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Presenting the Belfer Center's 2020 National Cyber Power Index

Tue., Feb. 9, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Online

Only a handful of countries are well known for their cyber impacts: notable, US, Israel, Iran, China, Russia and North Korea. But cyber visibility can give a misleading picture of actual cyber power. The full range of capabilities, objectives, and actors are often left out of the story. The Belfer Center’s Julia Voo, Anina Schwarzenbach, Irfan Hemani, Simon Jones, Winnona DeSombre and Daniel Cassidy have proposed a novel and more complete way to measure a country’s cyber power.

Belfer’s 2020 National Cyber Power Index looks at the cyber capabilities of 30 countries across seven national objectives such as surveillance, defense, intelligence gathering and destruction. It then measures a country’s capability within each objective. The team hope that through developing the NCPI the discussion of cyber power is broadened to reflect applications beyond destructive capabilities.

Join the Cyber Project on Tuesday February 9th as Julia and Anina walk us through their methodology and findings published in their groundbreaking National Cyber Power Index, which you can read here: https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/national-cyber-power-index-2020