Both prior and current Administrations have determined that cyber threats represent one of the most serious economic, foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. Foremost is competition for Internet dominance now being waged across economic, technical, political and social battlegrounds-and the United States is facing challenges to its influence on all fronts. Cyber warfare is an increasing possibility as witnessed by recent attacks in Estonia, Georgia, Israel and even the United States.
In 2010, under the leadership of Vice President Edythe M. Holbrook, the NCAFP launched its Cybersecurity Initiative to study the challenges that cyber poses to U.S. security interests and explore ways best defend our sovereign interests. The Cybersecurity Initiative has produced annual closed-door and off-the-record roundtable conferences and public programs. Experts on cyber security have shared their views on groundbreaking developments in both domestic and international cybersecurity policy and proposed recommendations for both governmental and private sector action. Summaries of policy recommendations made during conference proceedings have been widely disseminated to government, policy, academic, and business communities.
Experts in NCAFP activities have included Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies; Jason Healey, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council; Phil Venables, Chief Information Risk Office, Goldman Sachs; John Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, CISCO; Rafal Rohozinski, Founder and CEO, the SecDev Group; the Honorable Philip Verveer, Senior Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; James A. Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and the Honorable Franklin D. Kramer, Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council.
The NCAFP has also conducted briefings sessions in partnership with West Point's Army Cyber Institute both in New York and at West Point and has also devoted an entire issue of its flagship publication, American Foreign Policy Interests, to cybersecurity.