Offensive Cyber: Cyber Deterrence and Use of Cyber Operations

National Security College | Professional course
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Ben Flatgard, former Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the Obama Administration, delivers a half-day immersive workshop on governments’ increasing use of offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

Course date: 
9am–12.30pm 24 October 2017
National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

$550 plus GST

Course overview

Offensive and defensive cyber capabilities continue to be developed by governments for the purposes of national defence and military action. Increasingly, they are being deployed with impacts in both physical and cyber space.

The National Security College, in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre, is delivering a half-day immersive workshop on cyber deterrence and use of cyber operations. The former Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the Obama Administration, Mr Ben Flatgard, will deliver this workshop focusing on a fundamental issue: Should we consider an offensive approach to cyber deterrence and the use of cyber operations as the new way to mitigate increasing threats?

This workshop will explore:

  • the use of cyber operations by nation states; and
  • how military doctrine, theories of deterrence, and international law apply to the use of cyber capabilities.

It will benefit professionals working across the national security arena and cyber security practitioners in particular.

Course presenter(s)

Mr Ben Flatgrad

Ben Flatgard is the founder and principal of Cycise, a security technology company. Cycise is developing an innovative, software-based approach to cyber risk management and incident response planning. Cycise also advises companies on enterprise security and secure product design.

Ben Flatgard served in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2017. In his most recent post, as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, he was responsible for leading policy development for the US government in areas related to cybersecurity in the financial services and healthcare sectors, consumer security, and emerging technology. His accomplishments include leading development and implementation of President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan; leading the implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015; developing and launching ‘Lock Down Your Login’, a public awareness campaign designed to encourage the use of stronger authentication; and spearheading the establishment of robust public-private partnerships in the healthcare and financial services sectors. Mr Flatgard held a variety of roles on the Obama for America campaign from 2007-2008.

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