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OCWG | Dr Erica Lonergan | What is the role of offensive cyber operations in denial strategies?
As part of the ongoing OCWG 'Global Challenges in Offensive Cyber' Seminar Series, we invite Dr Erica Lonergan to speak about her work. Please sign up and find more details about Dr Lonergan and her talk below:

There is a longstanding debate among scholars and practitioners about whether cyber deterrence is possible. Most deterrence skeptics point to the problems of both credibility and capabilities that are associated with conducting offensive cyber operations as part of deterrence by punishment strategies. Conversely, some are more optimistic about cyber deterrence, pointing to the potential for deterrence by denial strategies that are anchored in defense and resilience. However, this debate largely overlooks another aspect of denial strategies; specifically, the potential for some forms of offensive operations to support denial, rather than punishment, strategies. Leveraging the conventional deterrence literature, rather than the nuclear deterrence literature, this discussion will explore the conditions under which offensive cyber operations could support denial strategies.

Dr. Erica Lonergan (formerly Borghard) is a senior fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor and Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Erica served as a senior director on the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a Congressional commission established to develop a comprehensive national strategy to defend the United States in cyberspace. Previously, Erica was senior fellow with the New American Engagement Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security in the Atlantic Council. Prior to that, she served in two positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as an Assistant Professor in the Army Cyber Institute, and as Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Rupert H. Johnson Grand

Nov 9, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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