• Events

    Cyber Security: Strategies in the Gulf

    03 April 2014. 

    IISS-Middle East Cyber Security Expert Series
    Dr John B Sheldon
    Founder, and Principal Consultant, The Torridon Group
    Lt Col Mika Kerttunen
    Director, Department of Leadership, Baltic Defence College
    Chris Spirito
    International Cyber Lead, The MITRE Corporation
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Thursday 03 April 2014 4-5:30pm Bahrain Time/2-3:30pm BST

  • Events

    Data Collection and Privacy Considerations for the GCC

    03 March 2014. 

    IISS-Middle East Round Table Discussion
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk
    Eneken Tikk-Ringas
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Sunday 09 March 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Culture wars

    24 February 2014.  Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s opening address on cyber security at the 2014 Munich Security Conference on 31 January is well worth reading. In discussing the relationship between states and their citizens in the electronic age, he referenced philosophers ranging from Hobbes and Locke to McLuhan and the Grateful Dead. But he said that, personally, he thought ‘much of the problem we face today represents the culmination of a problem diagnosed 55...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part III: Measuring cyber capability: emerging indicators

    05 February 2014.  National cyber capabilities

    Assessing cyber warfare capabilities
    Defensive capability
    Offensive cyber capability
    Developing doctrines
    Possible Indicators of Cyber Capability

  • Strategic Comments

    Obama’s limited response on NSA surveillance

    22 January 2014. 

    Changes to the surveillance practices of US intelligence agencies, announced in January 2014, are unlikely to satisfy the concerns of either the government's domestic critics or those of foreign governments and civil-liberties groups.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexa van Sickle: Surveillance and ambiguity

    21 January 2014.  By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant Editor Nigel Inkster, IISS Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, gave evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on 14 January during an evidence session on counter-terrorism, and shared insights on the implications of the Edward Snowden leaks.  Michael Ellis, Conservative MP for Northampton North, asked Inkster if he disagreed with suggestions that Edward Snowden leaks were harmful. Inkster said he did not disagree, and...

  • Manama Voices

    Eneken Tikk-Ringas: Cyber power in the Gulf

    05 December 2013.  By Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security Cyber attacks – the ‘new normal’ in business, governance and conflict – are also becoming the norm in regional and international competition. Tensions over Iranian nuclear aspirations, Assad’s regime struggle and clashes between Shia protesters and government forces in Bahrain all carry an online footprint. Cyber-capability development and deployment also reflect alliances, such as the ties between the Iranian regime and the Syrian Electronic...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Cyber and the future of land operations

    25 November 2013.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Much discussion on the military implications of cyber has either been held at a relatively high level or marred by speculation, or both. A recent seminar organised by the IISS for the British Army sought to illuminate some of these implications, discussing how cyber capability would impact on armies and on the British Army in particular. The debate concluded that no defence ministry...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nigel Inkster: Snowden – myths and misapprehensions

    15 November 2013.  The stream of revelations about US communications-intercept operations deriving from material purloined from the National Security Agency (NSA) by the rogue contractor Edward Snowden has aroused strong emotions in a variety of different constituencies. Civil-society groups concerned with issues of personal freedom and data privacy have expressed alarm about the pervasive nature of NSA bulk data collection. States that have been shown to have collaborated with the NSA in such...

  • Events

    NATO’s growing cyber capabilities

    06 November 2013. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Major General (Retd) Koenraad Gijsbers
    General Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 06 November

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