IS THE UNITED STATES PREPARED?

Zero Days, Cyber Wars, and the Russian Hack

On Thursday, January 5, 2017, The Center on National Security hosted a special panel discussion with top experts on cyberwarfare, the U.S.-Russia relationship, and how to understand the hack. The panel was followed by the screening of Alex Gibney's acclaimed film, Zero Days, a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. As the US reels over the Russian cyber attacks that disrupted our presidential election, Zero Days is a tale that illuminates how we got to where we are: a world of worldwide cyber attacks guided by no treaties or laws, that threatens to destabilize modern life as we know it. 

Alex Gibney is an American documentary film director and producer. Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times. His previous work includes Taxi to the Dark Side, winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the Emmy-award winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015), and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), among others.

David Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency for 30 years. Sanger has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and is the author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.

Rob Knake is the Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on Internet governance, public-private partnerships, and cyber conflict. Knake served from 2011 to 2015 as director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for the development of presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management.

Marcus Baram is the Senior News Editor of FastCompany.com. Baram has worked as an editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. He has written and reported for the New York Daily News, ABC News, The New York Times, and the New Yorker.

Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law. She is the author most recently of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State. Greenberg is also the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com. 

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