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Deterrence Through Accountability in Cyberspace

September 22, 2020 |  12:15pm - 1:15pm  |  Zoom Webinar

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Strauss Center will host Jonathan Welburn, Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School, for a virtual talk on accountability as a defense mechanism in cyberspace. This webinar is part of our Brumley Speaker Series.

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As high-profile cyber incidents, often perpetrated by state actors, move from science fiction to expectation, we have come to recognize the political, economic, and societal risks posed by increased cyber aggression. As threats persist through increased investment in cyber defense, demands for cyber deterrence have risen to the top of the policy agenda. However, the cyber domain of conflict amplifies information asymmetries and challenges the traditional assumptions of deterrence theory. In this seminar, we will discuss strategic deterrence in cyberspace, unique challenges, and opportunities for deterrence through denial and punishment. In particular, we will discuss opportunities for deterrence through increased accountability in cyberspace.


Jonathan Welburn is a researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His work the employs methods from operations research, computational economics, and decision analysis to identify policy solutions for managing risk in interconnected systems. Recently, Dr. Welburn has lead projects investigating systemic risks, economic networks, cyber security, and cyber deterrence. In addition to publications in RAND Reports and academic journals, his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and other national outlets.

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