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Rebalancing Cybersecurity Imperatives: Patching the Social Layer

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Institute of World Politics

1521 16th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

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This event is sponsored by IWP’s Cyber Intelligence Initiative.

About the Lecture: The social layer where civil society, including commercial and academic interaction, takes place is the most vulnerable one of the three commonly-accepted layers of cyberspace. Worse still, emphasis by technical experts on physical and logical layer security has lulled civil society into a dangerous torpor that conflates information transmission reliability with reliable information. This has been exploited by criminals, adversarial states such as Russia, and hostile non-state actors such as the Islamic State. This presentation will explore the danger of an overly-narrow conception of cybersecurity by governments and practitioners and recommends an urgent focus on the social layer toward a holistic rebalancing of cybersecurity. It offers a set of recommendations to help civil society secure itself in cyberspace.

About the Speaker: Dr. David Gioe is History Fellow for the U.S. Army Cyber Institute at West Point, where he is also Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy. David is Director of Studies for the Cambridge Security Initiative and co-convener of its International Security and Intelligence program. He earned a B.A. in History and Social Science from Wheaton College, an M.A. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a graduate certificate in Strategic Studies from U.S. Naval War College. Dr. Gioe’s scholarship and analysis has appeared in numerous outlets. He co-edited a 50th Anniversary volume on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a co-authored history of the CIA is forthcoming. Before starting his academic career, Dr. Gioe was an intelligence officer, beginning with appointment in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow in the FBI National Security Division. He transferred to CIA and served multiple overseas tours as an operations officer in the Middle East and Europe. He retains his commission as a senior officer in the Navy Reserve and is assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Attaché Service.

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