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Evaluating the U.K.'s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program

| Feb. 14, 2018

Overview

In November 2016, the U.K. government launched its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) program with the intention of tackling “in a relatively automated [and transparent] way, a significant proportion of the cyber attacks that hit the U.K.” True to their word, a little over a year on, last week the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a full and frank account (over 60 pages long) of their progress to date. The report itself is full of technical implementation details. But it’s useful to cut through the specifics to explain exactly what ACD is and highlight its successes—how the program could benefit the United States as well.

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For Academic Citation: Russell, Stuart and Nadiya Kostyuk.“Evaluating the U.K.'s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program.” Lawfare, February 14, 2018.

The Authors

Russell