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The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Dr. Chris C. Demchak - US Naval War College

Students: Spring 2022, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Robust Collective Cyber Power across Consolidated Democracies

Feb 09, 2022

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The complexities of and losses from a shoddily created cyberspace substrate continue to hollow the economies and national power of consolidated democracies.  As China rises as a strategically focused and digitally aggressive authoritarian giant, it is critical that democratic leaders both understand the reality they face and how an institutional alternative may be created to avoid being weak cyber powers in the future. This presentation offers two models: the ‘Cybered Conflict’ model to lay the foundation explanation for the weakness in national cyber power of democracies, and the ‘Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance (CORA) model to explain how this existentially threatening trend may be turned around through allied action to jointly ensure cyber resilience. Finally the talk will outline very briefly how the CORA model may be used analytically to improve the cyber resilience alliance potential of national cyber strategies, and to identify organizations capable of contributing to more robust collective cyber defenses across sectors and allied democratic nations.

About the Speaker

Dr. Chris C. Demchak
With engineering, economics, and comparative complex organization theory/political science degrees, Dr. Chris C. Demchak is the RDML Grace M. Hopper Professor of Cyber Security and a member of the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College. In her research on cyberspace as a globally shared insecure complex ‘substrate’, Demchak takes a systemic approach to emergent structures, comparative institutional evolution, adversaries’ use of systemic cybered tools, virtual worlds/gaming for operationalized organizational learning, and designing systemic resilience against imposed surprise.

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