Identifying Aggressors in the Global Cyber Threatscape

Independent hacker groups and cyber militias who conduct network attacks complicate international relations between governments. President Obama, at the conclusion of his historic talks with President Xi Jingping last Friday, acknowledged that the "theft of business, financial and military information ... are not issues that are unique to the U.S.-China relationship. Those are issues that are of international concern. Oftentimes it’s nonstate actors who are engaging in these issues as well.

No nation state can be held responsible for all of the attacks emanating from their own IP addresses. Attribution remains a hard challenge, and the potential for serious miscalculations and misjudgments is high.

Since the landscape is foggy, the threat actors numerous and hard to identify, and the attacks proliferating on a daily basis, the focus of the next Suits and Spooks conference will be to identify non-state aggressors in cyberspace. About twenty speakers will present briefings over two days on hackers, citizen militias, and other non-state entities operating in the Middle East, China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Iran, Africa, South America, the United States (yes - we have non-gov threat actors domestically), and other parts of the world.

A partial list of our country experts include:
  • Peter Matthis (Editor, Jamestown Foundation China Brief): China
  • Peiran Wang (Ph.D. candidate, The Center for Economic Law and Governance, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel): China
  • John Scott-Railton (Research Fellow at Citizen Lab, University of Toronto): Syria, Libya
  • A. Aaron Weisburd (Instructor, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point; Founder, Internet Haganah): Middle East
  • Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Ph.D. (Fellow, Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies): North Korea
  • Jonathan Hutson (Communications Director - Satellite Sentinel Project and The Enough Project): Africa
The venue will be in New York City at SOHO House on October 5-6, 2013. Admission will be limited to no more than 80 people so register early. Lunch will be provided on both days. If you'd like to submit a proposal for a talk, please do so by July 15, 2013.

Companies interested in sponsorship options for this event can view our prospectus on Google Drive.
The SOHO House NY Library


Super Early Bird: (June 10 - July 10): $275
Early Bird (July 11 - Aug 31): $395
Standard (Sep 1 until sold out): $625

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