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Cybersecurity Workforce Preparedness: The Need for More Policy-Focused Education

With the Internet of Things, the computerization of critical infrastructure and other essential processes, the ubiquity of computational technology has increased societal vulnerability. The complexity of cybersecurity questions has grown exponentially as attacks from foreign powers, cybercriminals, and hacktivists have risen. However, as individuals who can translate these politically-based technical challenges into policy have become more essential, degree programs focusing on cybersecurity policy have remained scarce.

A Comparative Study: The Approach to Critical Infrastructure Protection in the U.S., E.U., and China

November is the “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month” in the U.S., as designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Defending against Russia’s Disinformation War

As Washington and the world await the findings of various investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the debate goes on about how best to defend against disinformation campaigns. Kennan Fellow Nina Jankowicz is focused on the “fake news” phenomenon and online propaganda wars and what can be done about them. Her thoughts provide the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


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.