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Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities and Strategic Competition

November 1-2, 2012
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Open to the General Public

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies will host a two-day conference Thursday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 2 at the University Club in Oakland. The conference: Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition is sponsored, in addition to the Ridgway Center, the Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College; National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

This multi-disciplinary and policy relevant “cyberspace” conference seeks to explore: • The spectrum of cyber threats that the United States increasingly has to confront • The ways in which cyberspace is exploited by criminal and terrorist organizations • The evolution of cyberspace as an arena for strategic competition among the great powers. The conference will look at differences between cyber-threats and more traditional challenges to national security, and consider the conceptual and analytic challenges posed by the unique nature of cyberspace. The conference will also highlight a wide range of possible responses to these threats, ranging from the development of codes of conduct in cyberspace to strategies of deterrence and denial, and even the development of offensive cyber-war capabilities. In addition, consideration will be given to the relevance of traditional concepts such as crisis management and escalation to potential confrontations in cyberspace. The conference will bring together some of the leading scholars and researchers working in this area and will result in an edited volume published by SSI. In addition to this important but rather conventional approach, the conference will also foster dialogue among different stakeholders who, all too often, do not share perspectives, potential contributions, or policy preferences with one another. Now that the response to cyber threats has been brought under the Cyber Command, it is critical that the military and national security communities on the one side and the computer and communications business and technology communities on the other understand the competing approaches and perspectives, the common challenges they must meet, and the problems that must be overcome to achieve the cohesive and holistic policy responses that are necessary. This event is free and open to GSPIA students/faculty and interested university and community members.

Partners: University of Pittsburgh Matthew B. Ridgeway Center, Strategic Studies Institute U.S. Army War College

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