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Cyber Defending Taiwan: Lessons from Ukraine

September 29, 2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA, 94704

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Cyber Defending Taiwan:

Lessons from Ukraine

Date: Friday, September 29, 2023

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm (PT)

Location: Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Host: UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity



Deepening Taiwan’s defense and resilience in the cyber domain is key to advancing diplomatic solutions to the rising geopolitical tensions with China in the region.

This one-day conference engaging private, public, and academic leaders will focus on increasing the resilience of Taiwan to threats and vulnerabilities in the cyber domain and beyond. In the process, the workshop engages with the lessons learned from recent history—drawing on the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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10:00 – 10:05am – Welcome and Introductory Remarks


10:05 – 11:15am – Session 1: Cyberattacks in the Ukrainian Invasion

Looking back at the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and previous Russian cyberattacks, this session will explore what kinds of signposts might exist before aggression against Taiwan.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Gil Baram – Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
  • Lindsay Freeman – Technology, Law, and Policy Director, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Aleksandr Kobzanets – Special Agent, FBI
  • Elaine Korzak – Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
  • Andrew Reddie – Founder, Berkeley Risk and Security Lab; Associate Research Professor, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

11:15am – 12:15pm – Session 2: The Taiwan Context

This session transitions to the Taiwan security context to better understand its posture with China as a competitor. What are the characteristics of Taiwan’s internet infrastructure and how might it resist physical or logical cyberattack? How has the larger technology competition strategy between the US and China affected Taiwan? How might China’s prowess in outer space affected its cyber posture with regard to Taiwan?

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Vinod Aggarwal – Director, Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center; Professor, UC Berkeley Travers Department of Political Science
  • Benjamin Bahney – Senior Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Graham Webster – Research Scholar, DigiChina Project, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance at Stanford University
  • Nick Merrill – Director, Daylight Security Research Lab, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

12:30 – 1:00pm – Lunch Keynote

1:25 – 2:25pm – Session 3: Securing Freedom for Taiwan

Private ownership of internet infrastructure makes corporations key partners in security. This forward-looking session analyzes what the public and private sector should be doing now and in the next 2­–3 years to secure Taiwan.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Ritwik Gupta – Deputy Technical Director for Autonomy, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Hung-dah Su – Dean, College of Social Sciences; Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University
  • Tim Mather – Partner and vCISO, Fortium Partners
  • Janet Napolitano – Director, Center for Security in Politics; Professor, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

2:30 – 3:00pm – Closing Keynote

Additional speakers to be announced soon!




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Accessibility Accommodations
If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Rachel Wesen at cltcevents@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.

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