Learning from SolarWinds
Chris, Melanie, and Zack dig into Marcus Willett’s “Lessons of the SolarWinds Hack” in the latest issue of Survival. They explore the distinction between cyber espionage and cyber defense (Was it an attack? Or a hack? Does it matter?), consider the implications of the offense-defense balance (Is 100 percent defense feasible?), and review possible global norms that can be put in place to limit the harm caused by malicious cyber actors. Melanie and Chris both have grievances toward members of Congress who are reluctant to revisit old Authorizations for Use of Military Force , and Zack gripes about Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s absurd op-ed in the Washington Post. And this week’s attafolks were all in the family: Zack welcomed a new niece named Marlowe; Melanie cheered her amazing older brother, David, a renowned physician and educator at the Mayo Clinic; and Chris gives a shout out to his daughter Katelyn —- and all members of the Class of 2021.
- Marcus Willette, “Lessons of the SolarWinds Hack,” IISS, March 31, 2021
- Trey Herr, et al “Broken Trust: Lessons from Sunburst,” Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council
- Stephen Miles, Twitter, June 21, 2021
- Dmitri Alperovitchand Ian Ward, “How Should the U.S. Respond to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Hacks?,” Lawfare, March 12, 2021
- “Critical Infrastructure Sectors,” US Department of Homeland Security
- Imran Khan, “Pakistan is Ready to be a Partner for Peace in Afghanistan, but We Will Not Host US Bases,” Washington Post, June 21, 2021