December 21, 2014



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Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options for U.S. Policy


Herb Lin, Chief Scientist, CSTB and Study Director
Tom Arrison, Senior Program Officer, Policy and Global Affairs
Gin Bacon Talati, Associate Program Officer, CSTB
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Proceedings of a Workshop on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options examines governmental, economical, technical, legal, and pyschological challenges involved in deterring cyber attacks.

Individual papers and summaries.

2010 Ltr Rprt Deter CyberLetter Report from the Committee on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options for U.S. Policy is the first phase of a larger project to conduct a broad, multidisciplinary examination of deterrence strategies and their possible utility to the U.S. government in its policies toward preventing cyberattacks. This first phase identifies the key issues and questions that merit examination.

Paper Competition (Closed)

Jay Kesan and Carol Mullins Hayes were awarded Honorable Mention for raising important issues regarding active defense in cyberspace.


This project is aimed at fostering a broad, multidisciplinary examination of strategies for deterring cyberattacks on the United States and the possible utility of these strategies for the U.S. government.  As part of this project, the responsible committee is issuing a call for papers that address questions relevant to this broad topic. To stimulate work in this area, the NRC is offering one or more monetary prizes for excellent contributed papers that address one or more of the questions of interest described in the section entitled “Questions of Interest” in this call for papers. 

Geoff Cohen was awarded First Prize for original first steps in addressing the problem of third-party contributors to cyberinsecurity.

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