Deterring Cyberattacks

Herb Lin at the National Academies, with whom I had the pleasure of working on the NAS Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities report, passes along the following:

To stimulate work in this area, the NRC is offering one or more monetary prizes for excellent contributed papers that address one or more of the questions of interest found in its call for papers, which can be found at

Abstracts of less than 500 words are due April 15, 2010. [UPDATE: The original deadline was April 1, but Herb Lin e-mailed me to say it has been extended to April 15.] First drafts are due May 21, 2010, final drafts July 9, 2010. For more information, see the call for papers.

The broad themes of interest include
A. Theoretical Models for Cyberdeterrence
B. Cyberdeterrence and Declaratory Policy
C. Operational Considerations in Cyberdeterrence
D. Regimes of Reciprocal/Consensual Limitations Regarding Cyberattack
E. Cyberdeterrence in a Larger Context
F. The Dynamics of Action/Reaction in Cyber Conflict
G. Escalation Dynamics of Cyber Conflict

In the call for papers, a number of more specific questions are contained within each theme. A variety of relevant collateral issues are addressed as well.