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Can Finland Act As a Mediator on Cyber Norms?

by Guest Blogger Thursday, May 28, 2015
Finland China United States Cyber Net Politics Norms CFR Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and his delegation attend a meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 9, 2013. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters).

Jarno Limnéll is a professor of cybersecurity at Finland’s Aalto University and vice president at Insta DefSec Plc. You can follow him on Twitter @JarnoLim.

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A Checklist Manifesto For Cybersecurity

by Robert Knake Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cyber CFR checklist Net Politics Pilots go through a pre-flight checklist. Could the same technique improve cybersecurity practices as it did for the airline industry? (Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church/Courtesy United States Pacific Command).

As I continue to do my part to evangelize the NIST Cyber Framework, the most common criticism I hear is that it is nothing more than one big, long checklist. My initial response was to parrot back what the Framework says on this point: “The Framework is not a checklist to perform. It presents key cybersecurity outcomes identified by industry as helpful in managing cybersecurity risk.” My new answer is to say it’s not a checklist, but your organization should turn it into one.

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Sanctioning Cyber Crime: The New Face of Deterrence

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, May 19, 2015
CFR Net Politics Target Cyber Crime Merchandise baskets are lined up outside a Target department store in Palm Coast, Florida on December 9, 2013. That year, Target announced it was the victim of a cyber incident that exposed the credit card details of up to forty million customers. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. He formerly served in the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and at the Department of Defense. 

With the new cybersecurity sanctions program adopted by the Obama administration last month, the U.S. government is finally beginning to develop the tools to deter financially-motivated cybercrime. Read more »

Is the UN Finally Moving Beyond Internet Governance to Focus on What Really Matters?

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, May 13, 2015
CFR Net Politics CSTD Cyber Fadhilah Arshad, a businesswoman, talks to a supplier as she sells cloth at her bazaar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 1, 2009. (Bazuki Muhammad/Courtesy Reuters).

Nick Ashton-Hart is the Executive Director of the Internet & Digital Ecosystem Alliance (IDEA). He has been the senior permanent representative of the Internet sector to the UN and its agencies and member-states in Geneva for more than eight years. Find him on twitter @nashtonhart

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The Messages the Federal Court of Appeals Sent to Congress and the Executive Branch on Metadata Surveillance

by David Fidler Monday, May 11, 2015
Keith Alexander NSA CFR Net Politics Metadata Surveillance Then U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Director General Keith Alexander explains telephone metadata to the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington December 11, 2013. (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act does not authorize the NSA’s telephone metadata surveillance program. Since Edward Snowden disclosed it in June 2013, the program has been so controversial that its fate has taken on historic significance. The decision in American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper arrived as Congress must decide whether to reform the program, continue it by re-authorizing Section 215, or let Section 215 expire on its June 1 sunset date. The judgment provided the program’s defenders and critics with ammunition in this debate. Moreover, the court, through its decision, seems to be sending the political branches explicit constitutional messages about what should happen next.

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Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2015

by Adam Segal Friday, May 8, 2015
CFR Net Politics Cyber Demonstrators wearing cardboard surveillance camera hats carry a sign depicting U.S. President Barack Obama at the "Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" march in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2013. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:  Read more »

A Chinese Response to the Department of Defense’s New Cyber Strategy

by Adam Segal Thursday, May 7, 2015
China Cyber CFR Net Politics A Chinese soldier holding a flag stands during a welcome ceremony at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing on May 29, 2006. (Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week, a Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman condemned the Pentagon’s new cybersecurity strategyGeng Yansheng not only opposed the “groundless accusations” about Chinese cyber espionage contained  in the strategy, but also suggested it “will further escalate tensions and trigger an arms race in cyberspace.” Geng called on the United States to promote common security and mutual trust, rather than “seeking absolute security for itself.”

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