When academics, policymakers, and practitioners discuss security and conflict within the cyber domain, they are often hampered by a series of ongoing debates and unarticulated assumptions, some more commonly agreed upon than others, which they nevertheless must cope with to better understand the domain.  

We have brought together members of these communities to discuss the reasons that these debates are important to the shaping of cybersecurity and strategic plans, as well as how outcomes of these debates might impact the way that public- and private-sector actors’ actions, informed by these debates one way or another, affect the domain, their adversaries, and their own goals.


The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), works at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.