Stuart Russell

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Stuart Russell is a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where he works on the Cyber Security Project. Stuart is on loan from the UK Government where he has worked in a range of roles covering technology, cybersecurity and national security. His research focus is on the interplay between cybersecurity, privacy and national security. Stuart’s holds a Master’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Durham, UK.

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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

Evaluating the U.K.'s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program

In November 2016, the U.K. government launched its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) program with the intention of tackling “in a relatively automated [and transparent] way, a significant proportion of the cyber attacks that hit the U.K.” True to their word, a little over a year on, last week the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a full and frank account (over 60 pages long) of their progress to date.


The Real Lesson from the WannaCry Ransomware

Lawfare and others have spent an enormous amount of time discussing the intricacies of the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP). Many policy conferences have been dedicated to the matter, and an even greater number of Twitter debates. The topic, in its own way, serves as a proxy for what one thinks of broader issues in information security and signals intelligence.

Today’s so-called WannaCry ransomware attack reveals the stakes, but more importantly the limits, of that debate.