131 Events

A man sits in an office in front of a laptop that is infected with a fictitious encryption Trojan (ransomware).

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Methods to Secure Cyber Supply Chains

Fri., Apr. 14, 2023 | 9:00am - 10:30am

Taubman Building - Nye B & C, 5th Floor

On April 14, 2023, the Belfer Center's Cyber Project will host a symposium, Future of Technology and Supply Chain Security.  Taking place during Supply Chain Integrity Month, this symposium aims to drive discussion on innovative methods to mitigate a variety of risks posed to cyber supply chains in order to ensure a resilient and defensible cyberspace. 

This event, an hour-long (in-person and streamed) public panel titled Methods to Secure Cyber Supply Chains, will feature a brief introduction by the Belfer Center Co-Director Eric Rosenbach. The panel will be moderated by David Sanger (NY Times), and feature Camille Stewart Gloster (Office of the National Cyber Director), Edlyn Levine (America’s Frontier Fund), and Val Cofield (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency). 

Doors open at 9:00 and the event will start at 9:30. Breakfast will be provided.

This Feb 23, 2019, photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J.

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Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Future of Technology and Supply Chain Security Symposium

Fri., Apr. 14, 2023 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center’s Cyber Project and the White House Office of the National Cyber Director this Friday, April 14 for a day-long symposium, Future of Technology and Supply Chain Security. Taking place during Supply Chain Integrity Month, the symposium aims to drive discussion on innovative methods to mitigate a variety of risks posed to cyber supply chains in order to ensure a resilient and defensible cyberspace. Students are welcome to RSVP for any or all events.


Seminar - Open to the Public

Six Challenges the U.S. Must Win: A Conversation About Strengthening U.S. Technology Competition

Tue., Sep. 27, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Join the Belfer Center’s Cyber Project on Tuesday, September 27, for a discussion on “Six Challenges the U.S. Must Win” and other key findings in the first report from the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP). The SCSP is tasked with developing a plan to improve the U.S. position in the international competition by 2025 and identify those technology areas where we must act by 2030 to retain our advantage.

Cyber Project Executive Director and acting Belfer Center Executive Director Lauren Zabierek will speak with authors of the report, Mid-Decade Challenges to National Competitiveness, about what they’ve learned about U.S. competitiveness following hundreds of meetings during the past year and what they recommend as paths forward. An audience Q&A will follow the discussion.


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.

Co-Authors Amy Ertan and Maggie Gray

Photos Courtesy of Amy Ertan and Maggie Gray

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Approaching Artificial Intelligence in Military Contexts: Security, Strategy, and (In)Stability

Mon., Mar. 21, 2022 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Belfer Center Cyber Project with predoctoral fellow Amy Ertan as she presents her published co-authored work alongside Maggie Gray, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy in the Military: An Overview of NATO Member States’ Strategies and Deployment with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE) as part of a two-part report series. 

What does artificial intelligence (AI) mean for future warfare? From the DoD’s Strategy to NATO’s Emerging and Disruptive Technologies Roadmap, recent years have seen an intense evolution in understanding, research, and rapid deployment of AI capabilities within the military sphere. This talk focuses first on how the North Atlantic Trade Organisation (NATO) has approached military AI innovation. The presentation will then explore national approaches to AI, drawing on Amy Ertan's doctoral research in which current and former military, technical and policy-focused experts were interviewed on themes including technical security challenges, hype, private-sector military AI innovation, and state perceptions on military "AI arms race" dynamics. 

You can read the NATO CCDCOE report here: https://ccdcoe.org/library/publications/artificial-intelligence-and-autonomy-in-the-military-an-overview-of-nato-member-states-strategies-and-deployment/



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.

Circuit board with flag of Iran

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Deeper Look at Iranian Cyber Operations

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


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


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