Atlantic Council

Established in 1961, the Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. The Atlantic Council—through the papers it publishes, the ideas it generates, the future leaders it develops, and the communities it builds—shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative 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. This work extends through the competition of state and non-state actors, the security of the internet and computing systems, the safety of operational technology and physical systems, and the communities of cyberspace. The Initiative convenes a diverse network of passionate and knowledgeable contributors, bridging the gap among technical, policy, and user communities.

Since 2012, the Cyber Statecraft Initiative has supported the development of next generation cyber talent through its Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, the world’s only cyber policy and strategy competition. Thousands of students from every inhabited continent have developed key, interdisciplinary cyber skills through the Cyber 9/12 competition program, closing the cyber skills gap in the process.

Focus on specific topics:

  • Cyber workforce development
  • Simulations/tabletop exercises
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in cybersecurity

GFCE Partner Since: 2024

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