Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith (Ret.) is the Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center. He is a cyber security and cyber policy analyst, a former US arms negotiator, and an expert on Russian cyber capabilities. At the July 19 US Cybersecurity Threats and Responses Conference, hosted by the American Foreign Policy Council, Amb. Smith gave a talk entitled "The Russian Cyber Threat to US National Security," which was covered by AOL Defense. Amb. Smith told the group that Russia is just as big a cyber threat as China - and moreover, its hackers are less likely to get caught. Click here to read AOL Defense coverage.
Potomac Institute Senior Fellow and Cyber Center Director David J. Smith and Associate Academic Fellow Khatuna Mshvidobadze attended the June 5-8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict sponsored by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. On June 6, Smith presented "Russian Cyber Capabilities, Policy and Social Media" to an overflow international audience. On June 7, Smith and Mshvidobadze presented, "Russian Cyber Capabilities, Policy and Practice" at the Estonian Ministry of Defense, which invited officials from a variety of interested agencies. Finally, on June 8, Smith spoke on a panel, "Cyber Attack Scenario," cosponsored by the 175th Network Warfare Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard and the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University.