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Europe Is Developing Offensive Cyber Capabilities. The United States Should Pay Attention.

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, April 26, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hold a joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters).

Jeppe T. Jacobsen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies and the University of Southern Denmark. He previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark as a coordinator of Denmark’s cyber diplomacy in European Union and NATO.

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Cyber Week in Review: April 21, 2017

by Adam Segal Friday, April 21, 2017
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA on the spot in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 7, 2017. (Reuters).

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

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Why Policymakers Should Care About Weak Digital Infrastructure Abroad

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Cybersecurity Capacity Building Net Politics Cyber CFR The Organization of American States hosts a cyber crisis management exercise in June 2013. (Maria Patricia Leiva/Courtesy the OAS)

Mirko Hohmann is a Project Manager and Alexander Pirang is a non-resident Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. You can follow Hohmann @mirkohohmann.

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President Trump Should Make the Power Grid Great Again

by Robert Knake Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Department of Homeland Security workers at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia, January 13, 2015. (Larry Downing/Reuters).

Earlier this week, I published a paper making recommendations on how to protect the power grid from a cyberattack. Although my main argument is that government needs to create incentives for utility owners and operators to invest in cybersecurity, that investment should take place in part of a massive new investment to improve the grid’s resilience. It also needs to be redesigned to handle the shifting supply from renewable resources and be capable of moving electricity from where it is produced to where it is consumed.

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