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Evolution of Russian Cyber Tactics and Operations

March 25, 2021 • 9:30 – 10:15 am EDT

The SolarWinds network penetration operation, discovered late last year, is one of the most sophisticated cyberattacks western intelligence services have witnessed.  The operation, attributed to Russia, may have compromised as many as 18,000 organizations, including NATO and numerous government agencies in the U.K. and U.S. Although Russian cyberattacks are not new, their increased frequency, sophistication and long-term nature, coupled with the potential use of information gleaned from these attacks for future malign influence operations, pose growing risk to nations' information systems, infrastructure and democratic institutions. In order to be more successful in detecting and deterring future Russian cyberattacks, a better understanding of the evolution of Russia’s cyber strategy, operations and tactics are essential. With this improved understanding, how can the U.S. work more effectively and coordinate more closely with its European allies and partners to better deter these types of attacks?

Please join CSIS for a discussion on the evolution of Russian cyber strategies, operations and tactics with a focus on innovative recommendations for U.S. and NATO cyber strategy with Dmitri Alperovitch, executive chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator and co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of CrowdStrike, and James A. Lewis, senior vice president and director, Strategic Technologies Program. Heather A. Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program will moderate.


This event was funded by the Russia Strategic Initiative U.S. European Command, Stuttgart Germany.
Opinions, arguments, viewpoints, and conclusions expressed in this work do not represent those of RSI, U.S. EUCOM, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This publication is cleared for release.
James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program

Heather A. Conley

Dmitri Alperovitch

Executive Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; Co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer, CrowdStrike