Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

A Strategic Approach to US Cybersecurity

Join Pitt Cyber and CMU CyLab for a conversation with the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

The Commission was established by Congress to “develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences.” The Commission’s final report was presented to the public in March 2020 and subsequent white papers can be read here.

This two-part discussion will focus on countering disinformation and improving the cybersecurity ecosystem. Experts from Pitt and CMU will join Commissioners for a lively discussion about the Commission’s report, the state of the current federal response, and the way forward.

October 19, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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Panel 1: Countering Disinformation

Foreign adversaries’ capacity to disrupt American democracy via disinformation has become a pressing issue of national security. Disinformation campaigns threaten our trust in our institutions, our elections, and our health. Yet, solutions remain elusive. This discussion will focus on how to effectively build societal resilience to disinformation, as well as the roles public and private stakeholders must play in countering disinformation. Includes audience Q&A.


  • Kathleen CarleyProfessor of Computation, Organization and Society; Director, CASOS and IDeaS Centers, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chris Inglis, Commissioner, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Lara PutnamUCIS Research Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Suzanne Spaulding, Commissioner, Cyberspace Solarium Commission


  • Michael Colaresi, William S. Dietrich II Professor of Political Science; Research and Academic Director, Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh

Panel 2: Improving the Cybersecurity Ecosystem

Adversaries leverage vulnerabilities in the Cybersecurity ecosystem and its expansive reach into our society to gain advantage, developing capabilities to put our critical infrastructure at risk, disrupt our elections, and spy on and target individuals. Whereas building resilience denies adversaries benefits by managing the consequences of attacks, reshaping the cyber ecosystem toward greater security drives down vulnerability at scale, lowering the likelihood of successful attacks in the first place. This discussion will focus on how to drive more security and privacy into the ecosystem through mechanisms including legislation, certification, liability, and incentives. Includes audience Q&A.


  • Frank Cilluffo, Commissioner, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Lorrie Cranor, Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies, CyLab; FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chris Inglis, Commissioner, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Martin B.H. Weiss, Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh; Associate Director, Center for Governance and Markets, University of Pittsburgh