Is Deterrence Possible in Cyberspace?


Please join the McCrary Institute and Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) for a 90-minute live event discussing if deterrence is possible in cyberspace.

The CSC's March 2020 final report detailed a strategy of "layered cyber deterrence." Layered cyber deterrence is a whole-of-nation strategy that involves three main lines of effort: shaping behavior, denying benefits, and imposing costs. These lines of effort are ways of adding a deterrent layer that increases American public- and private-sector security by altering how adversaries perceive the costs and benefits of using cyberspace to attack American interests. The three deterrent layers are supported by six policy pillars that organize more than 80 recommendations. These pillars represent the means to implement layered cyber deterrence.

Institute Director and Solarium Commissioner Frank J. Cilluffo will moderate a two-panel discussion which will include Q&A. Please submit a question here or live on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

Panel 1: Can We Practice Deterrence in Cyberspace?
Rep. Mike Gallagher – Solarium Commissioner
Dr. Joseph Nye – Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

Panel 2: Layered Cyber Deterrence and Forward Defense
RADM Mark Montgomery (Ret.) – Solarium Commission Executive Director
Dr. Richard Harknett – Solarium Commission Red Team Member
Dr. Brandon Valeriano – Solarium Commission Staff Senior Advisor

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 
1pm EDT | 12pm CDT