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Preparing for Cyber 9/12

Jason Healey

June 2012

Atlantic Council


To help add depth to the idea of a cyber 9/11, this issue brief, authored by Jason Healey, director of the Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, examines what might happen the day after a major cyber disruption, on 9/12.

Starting with important lessons - based on the findings from a major conference - the brief concludes with three key recommendations: First, the cyber and national security communities on both sides of the Atlantic must continue to regularly convene for scenario-based events. Second, decision makers should trust their national security instincts when facing cyber crises. Third, we must finally break the fifteen-year public-sector/private sector stalemate.