Technology and Cybersecurity
The current state of the encryption debate is one centered on country-specific issues and authorities surrounding the protection private communications while enabling access for legitimate government law enforcement and national security purposes. CSIS will seek to identify principles for domestic and international policy and outline a roadmap for government action.
An interactive timeline that records significant cyber events since 2006 and is updated regularly, focusing on cyber attacks on government agencies, defense and high tech companies, or economic crimes with losses of more than a million dollars.
In the context of the on-going debate by both policy-makers and in the public about how best to strike the balance between national security and civil liberties, this project seeks to provide analysis, and recommendations to preserve important intelligence capabilities while requiring greater transparency, oversight, and the protection of citizen’s rights.
Cyber conflict has intensified in the last two years as Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea use coercive cyber attacks against the United States. There is increasing frustration over the slow pace of efforts to improve cybersecurity and increasing concern that a truly damaging event is unavoidable if we do not change the status quo.
The 9/11 attacks propelled intelligence reform to center stage in American politics. September 11 was an immense failure for U.S. intelligence, prompting Congress and the executive branch to respond with initiatives that promise reinvention and, perhaps, revitalization.
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In our interconnected world Intelligence is critical; supporting missions from cyber-espionage to counter-terrorism. The Strategic Technologies Program examines the relationship between technological innovation and intelligence systems such as signals intelligence and national technical means.
There is broad consensus that improved information sharing is critical to combating cyber threats. The Strategic Technologies Program convened key stakeholders from industry, civil society, and government to discuss the technical, legal, and structural challenges to effective information sharing and produced recommendations for Congress and the Administration.
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Technology evolves at a rapid clip and is changing aspects of society from national security to our daily lives. The Strategic Technologies Program aims to understand how technology and innovation is transforming the world we live in.
Since 2009, CSIS and CICIR have held nine formal meetings on cybersecurity (accompanied by several informal discussions), called “Track 2 Sino-U.S. Cybersecurity Dialogue.” The meetings have been attended by a broad range of U.S. and Chinese officials and scholars responsible for cybersecurity issues.
Related projects by the Strategic Technologies Program focusing on developments in cybersecurity, examining threats and tracking policy changes in the US and abroad.