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Lessons From Russia’s Cyber War on Ukraine
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Lessons From Russia’s Cyber War on Ukraine

How can the government and private sector combine to fight foreign information warfare?

Hello and happy Thursday.

I’m afraid there’s no newsletter today because I have some personal responsibilities that require my attention. I’m sorry to disappoint; however, everything should be back to normal next week.

In an effort to hold you over until then, here’s a video from a panel I was on last week.

The conversation was hosted by the Ronald Reagan Institute and included Microsoft President Brad Smith and Sen. Angus King. We gathered to discuss a new Microsoft report, Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War. This is an excellent (and accessible) paper and I highly recommend giving it a look. 

Here’s the bottom line:

The Russian invasion relies in part on a cyber strategy that includes at least three distinct and sometimes coordinated efforts – destructive cyberattacks within Ukraine, network penetration and espionage outside Ukraine, and cyber influence operations targeting people around the world…

The cyber aspects of the current war extend far beyond Ukraine and reflect the unique nature of cyberspace. When countries send code into battle, their weapons move at the speed of light. The internet’s global pathways mean that cyber activities erase much of the longstanding protection provided by borders, walls, and oceans. And the internet itself, unlike land, sea, and the air, is a human creation that relies on a combination of public and private- sector ownership, operation, and protection.  

This in turn requires a new form of collective defense. This war pits Russia, a major cyber-power, not just against an alliance of countries. The cyber defense of Ukraine relies critically on a coalition of countries, companies, and NGOs.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, 

Klon


That’s it for this edition of The Current. Be sure to comment on this post and to share this newsletter with your family, friends, and followers. You can also follow me on Twitter (@KlonKitchen). Thanks for taking the time and I’ll see you next week!

Klon Kitchen is a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.