US Dept of Defense holds Cyber Command legal conference

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

US Dept of Defense holds Cyber Command legal conference

The US Department of Defense has held the 2021 US Cyber Command Legal Conference virtually, exploring policy and legal issues related to offensive and defensive cyberspace operations.

The conference was convened by Army General Paul Nakasone, the USCYBERCOM commander and National Security Agency director, and featured speakers including legal experts from public and private sectors.

The event attracted more than 6000 viewers from 31 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

At the conference, participants discussed partnerships with nations, interagency and the private sector.

“No one entity has complete visibility of malicious activity across all systems, software development, cloud environments or network traffic,” Nakasone said at the event. “But through this kind of public–private collaboration, we make it increasingly difficult for our adversaries to operate against our nation's interests in cyberspace.”

Other topics discussed during the conference included challenges posed by foreign influence operations, the difficulty of achieving deterrence in cyberspace and a review of legal issues related to cyberspace operations in 2020.

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