Ransomware Everywhere: Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

July 21, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm

Join the Kennan Institute for a panel discussion on the role international cooperation could play in advancing responsible state behavior in cyberspace, what progress has been made and what challenges remain.

While the behavior of state actors (and their proxies) in cyberspace is a pressing national security concern, the recent wave of high-profile ransomware attacks serve as a stark reminder of the importance of addressing a wide diversity of actors and the range of relationships they can have with states around the world. 

What role can and/or should international cooperation play in addressing this spectrum of actors? Are some venues and/or approaches better suited for curbing state activity (e.g. SolarWinds) versus non-state actors (e.g. Darkside)? Where have we made the most progress and what gaps remain?


Meg King, Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Wilson Center

Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator

Melissa K. Griffith, Non-Resident Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC); Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies (CSS)

Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute