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Identifying cybersecurity threats 

Wilder School faculty Christopher Whyte and Benjamin Young have generated extensive media exposure examining international cybersecurity threats across the globe, with respective foci on Russia and North Korea. These assistant professors bring a wealth of real-world experience to Wilder School students studying homeland security and emergency preparedness.

Christopher Whyte

Russian interest in digital espionage, economic warfare, and political interference is likely to reflect a broad truth about the forthcoming AI revolution: As artificial intelligence rewires how societies function, so too will it determine the attack surface thereof.”   

— CSO Online

Education always has been the single most important flagstone for efforts to build robust public safety practices.
With national cybersecurity, this is doubly the case.” 

— Richmond  Times-Dispatch

The conflicting logics of cyber and nuclear warfare, when considered in the context of the present crisis, suggest real reasons to be concerned about the possibility of a cyber-enabled nuclear escalation.”

—  World Politics Review

Benjamin Young

Iran has long accepted patriotic hackers, a term used by cybersecurity professionals to describe citizens of a country engaged in cyber measures to advance the strategic interests of their homeland, as part of its overall cyber strategy.” 

— The National Interest

North Korean hackers see the developing world as a vulnerable target for increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.” 

— The National Interest 

Cybersecurity training is imperative in order to deter North Korea’s increasingly sophisticated and aggressive cyber attacks.”  

— The National Interest 

North Korea once fostered supportive relationships with the Global South, but it now uses cyber attacks against developing countries for its own purposes.” 

— The National Interest


Spring 2022 / In this issue