Cyber Conflict Research Institute

Cyber Conflict Research Institute


Mission

Conduct research and development activities with the goal of assuring U.S. resilience in the event of cyber conflict.

Approach

The Cyber Conflict Research Institute (CCRI) was founded on the underlying assumption that cyberspace will become an arena for international and sub-national conflict over the next decades. An adequate national cyber response system must be created. No single organization in government, industry, or academia can, by itself, adequately contemplate or address any of the complex issues raised by serious reflection of the potential for cyber conflict.

As the threat of cyber conflict evolves and becomes realized, it may well undermine traditional national security structures and policies. The role and mission of the military in national defense must be updated to account for the potential cyber threats to civilian-owned infrastructures in periods (short) of armed conflict. The role and mission of the National Guard in strategic cyber defense must be articulated and made operational. Legal frameworks must evolve to address issues associated with cyber conflict.

Expertise

CCRI contributes to national cyber preparedness through:

  • Planning and conducting cyber exercises for government and private sector organizations
  • Developing new technologies to improve understanding of cyber conflict
  • Enabling private industry to understand risks and responsibilities associated with cyber conflict
  • Develop models to better understand the consequences of cyber conflict

DECIDE® Platform

Developed with funding from the Department of Homeland Security, The DECIDE® platform has been a trusted cybersecurity live exercise solution for more than a decade. The platform’s unmatched combination of needs-based threat scenarios, strategic analytics, and communications mapping has been proven time and again in distributed sector-wide live exercises, organizational trainings, and in small boardroom settings. DECIDE® platform is a trusted solution that equips organizations, critical infrastructure sectors, and government with the situational awareness, strategic communications capabilities and digital crisis response playbooks needed to prevail.