Cyberspace Solarium Final Report

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual Seminar

  • Andrew Grotto, Herb Lin, Jackie Schneider, and Amy Zegart, moderated by Colin Kahl

Seminar Recording:


About this event: On March 11, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission issued its final report to the U.S. Congress. Tasked by Congress to "develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences," the commission's report identifies over 80 recommendations on U.S. government organization, norms and diplomacy, resilience, private sector collaboration and offensive cyber operations. The Solarium Commission's report is the latest in a growing line of blue-ribbon task force reports aimed at cyber issues, from the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency convened by CSIS in 2008 to the Obama Administration's National Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that issued a final report in December 2016. How does the Solarium Commission's report fit into this landscape? Join Stanford experts for a discussion of the Solarium Commission's report and recommendations, an assessment of the cyber policy landscape, and next steps for American cyber policy.


About the speakers: 

Andrew J. Grotto is a William J. Perry International Security Fellow at the Cyber Policy Center and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University. Grotto’s research interests center on the national security and international economic dimensions of America’s global leadership in information technology innovation, and its growing reliance on this innovation for its economic and social life. He is particularly interested in the allocation of responsibility between the government and the private sector for defending against cyber threats, especially as it pertains to critical infrastructure; cyber-enabled information operations as both a threat to, and a tool of statecraft for, liberal democracies; opportunities and constraints facing offensive cyber operations as a tool of statecraft, especially those relating to norms of sovereignty in a digitally connected world; and governance of global trade in information technologies.


Dr. Herb Lin is senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University.  His research interests relate broadly to policy-related dimensions of cybersecurity and cyberspace, and he is particularly interested in the use of offensive operations in cyberspace as instruments of national policy and in the security dimensions of information warfare and influence operations on national security.  In addition to his positions at Stanford University, he is Chief Scientist, Emeritus for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he served from 1990 through 2014 as study director of major projects on public policy and information technology, and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity (not in residence) at the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies in the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. In 2016, he served on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. 


Jacquelyn Schneider is a Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a non-resident fellow at the Naval War College, and a senior policy advisor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.  Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia.  Her work has appeared in Security Studies, Journal of Conflict ResolutionStrategic Studies QuarterlyJournal of Cybersecurity, and Journal of Strategic Studies and is featured in Cross Domain Deterrence: Strategy in an Era of Complexity (Oxford University Press, 2019).   In addition to her scholarly publications, she is a frequent contributor to policy outlets,  including The New York Times, Foreign AffairsCFR, Cipher BriefLawfare, War on the RocksWashington PostBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNational Interest, H-Diplo, and the Center for a New American Security.  She has a BA from Columbia University, MA from Arizona State University, and PhD from George Washington University.


Dr. Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies (FSI), professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. She is also the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she directs the Robert and Marion Oster National Security Affairs Fellows program. From 2013 to 2018, she served as co-director of the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and founder and co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Program. She previously served as the chief academic officer of the Hoover Institution.