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When Computers Became “Classic”: Understanding the Race Towards Quantum

The Cyber Codex Series

Quantum Physics, also referred to as quantum mechanics, is a theory that seeks to explain the behavior of particles on the universe’s smallest scales—the atomic and subatomic level. Upon its emergence in the early 20th century, quantum mechanics promised to challenge long-held foundational truths of Physics that had stood since the time of Newton. As is often the case in any new field, however, the work of those who first pioneered the field raised more questions than it provided many definitive answers.

China’s New Cybersecurity Law: Balancing International Expectations with Domestic Realities

Almost all digitally-developed countries agree on the importance of cybersecurity regulations and the need for proper measures that enable protection of citizens and critical infrastructure. China, with over 700 million Internet users, has taken dramatic steps to establish a set of laws, regulations and standards to build a domestic cyber governance system, with government being firmly in control.

Thwarting Virtual Jailbreaks

Cyberspace in 2017 – decades after its creation – remains a free-fire zone. A multiplicity of actors, the absence of norms and inadequate cybersecurity standards that fail to mitigate the modern kill chain creates the perfect storm for a simmering online insurgency quickly picking up steam. Sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns carried out by nation states are escalating, from Pawnstorm to the MenuPass Group. Meanwhile, individuals – for a variety of reasons – are turning toward organized hacktivism.

'The Modus Operandi and Toolbox of Russia and Other Autocracies for Undermining Democracies Throughout the World': Ben Buchanan Testifies before Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee on Crime and Terrorism

Wilson Center Global Fellow and fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Benjamin Buchanan testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

The State of Cybersecurity in Mexico: An Overview

The cost of cybercrime incidents in the world has gone from US$3 trillion in early 2015 to a projected US$6 trillion by 2021. Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the OAS, acknowledged that information and communication technologies (ICTs) and its multiple uses continue to evolve at a rapid pace in the region and countries are highly vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks. 

Bridging the Gaps in Cybersecurity Policy

Major questions impacting key cybersecurity policy decisions remain unanswered.  As a new Administration takes office, how should key stakeholders think about gaps like the capabilities of non-state actors to do harm in the digital space? Will other nations follow Russia’s lead and steal and leak information against foes? Is the future of the public-private partnership – especially in protecting America’s critical infrastructure – a promising one?