Over the next few weeks, we here at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies will be sharing 20 interesting facts and anecdotes that we've accumulated over the past two decades. We look forward to another 20 years serving our country through providing guidance in the world of science and technology policy and innovation. Please enjoy one of our 20 interesting facts today:

With the urgent need for an overarching cyber security approach, Potomac Institute CEO and Chairman Michael Swetnam and Board of Regents Member Timothy Sample co-edited #CyberDoc: No Borders – No Boundaries. This publication is an attempt to make the case that cyber policy and law should be preceded by doctrine. Those responsible for protecting the capabilities and critical infrastructure, upon which we all rely, as well as the security of the United States, have struggled to articulate and agree upon a doctrine to address these complex policy issues. Doctrine can serve as the principles, the guideposts, by which to develop policy and law. #CyberDoc is an attempt to describe what this doctrine would look like: what some of the key components of this doctrine would be, with some comparisons to doctrine developed during the Cold War nuclear era.

The book received praise from multiple sources including the Government Technology news website and the National Defense magazine.

Read more about #CyberDoc’s call to action for a reinvented and comprehensive national cyber security strategy in our new and challenging security environment.

In addition to #CyberDoc, the Potomac Institute hosted a Cyber Challenge in 2011 which was a multi-part series aimed at probing some of the most pressing issues at the time: the technical, security and policy challenges associated with the explosion of cyber technology. Guests included LtGen Robert Schmidle, USMC, of US Cyber Command, Philip Reitinger of the Department of Homeland Security, and Ambassador David Smith. Speaking candidly, they spoke to the audience about issues that “keep them up at night,” mainly the vulnerability of critical infrastructure, which is mainly held in the private sectors hands. See a part of the Potomac Institute’s Cyber Challenge Symposium here.

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