Cyberwarfare: Legal, Political, and Security Implications

The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security hosted the first of its annual panel series for the 2008-2009 academic year on Monday, September 22. The focus of the panel centered upon the legal, political, and security implications of the growing threat of cyberwarfare. Moderated by Prof. Christopher C. Joyner, Director of the Institute, the panel speakers, Mr. Jerry Dixon, Mr. Marcus Sachs, and Prof. Catherine Lotrionte presented their perspectives on the various implications of cyberwarfare and how the U.S. government and international community confront this increasingly important issue.

Jerry Dixon is currently serving as Infragard's Vice President for Government Relations, he also currently serves as Director of Analysis for Team Cymru, and was the former Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) & US CERT, of the Department of Homeland Security. He currently serves as a member of the CSIS Cyber Commission on Cyber-Security for the 44th President and a member of the Advisory Board for Debix, an Identity Theft Protection Company. Prior to being chosen to lead NCSD, Mr. Dixon served as the Deputy Director of Operations for the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). Before joining NCSD, Mr. Dixon was the founding director of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Computer Security Incident Response Capability. Mr. Dixon has also served as Director of Information Security for Marriott International, a global private sector company, where he led cybersecurity planning, security architecture, and security operations.

Marcus Sachs is Verizon’s Executive Director of Government Affairs for National Security Policy. He is a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and since 2003 has volunteered as the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center. Mr. Sachs' professional experience includes a 20 year military career in the United States Army followed by two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Sachs serves on the technical advisory council of Secure Elements, the technical advisory board of SAGE Inc., and the technical advisory board of BrightCloud; and is a member of the DShield, Inc. board of directors.

Catherine Lotrionte is the Associate Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security and Visiting Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2002, she was appointed by General Brent Scowcroft to be Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory at the White House, a position she held until 2006. In 2002, she served as a Legal Counsel for the Joint Inquiry Committee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to that, Prof. Lotrionte was Assistant General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency. At Georgetown, she also serves as an adjunct professor and teaches courses on intelligence law and international law. Prof. Lotrionte earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and is the author of numerous publications, including an article on killing regime leaders published in The Washington Quarterly, entitled, “When to Target Leaders.” She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The subject of cyberwarfare and security has been a increasingly important topic in the disciplines of international law and international relations. In an article by Professors Joyner and Lotrionte, the topic is evaluated in greater depth as it relates to the international legal implications.