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IMA Webinar Broadcast: Russia’s War on Critical Infrastructure: Beyond Ukraine

February 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Russian military cyber operations targeting Ukrainian critical infrastructure over the past year have not had the crippling effect many strategists feared. This is for a multitude of reasons, including Russia’s likely desire to limit collateral damage and international response, Ukrainian defensive capabilities and support from partners, and Russia’s transition from asymmetric cyber warfare tactics to traditional warfare. However, Russia’s use of proxies and its support to cyber criminal groups continue to present threats to global critical infrastructure. As the war in Ukraine continues to unfold and become less tenable for Russian leaders, the threat of Russian cyber actors targeting the critical infrastructure in western nations increases. This program will discuss Russian cyber operations targeting critical infrastructure during its protracted invasion of Ukraine and the threat Russian state-sponsored and affiliated cyber actors pose to U.S. critical infrastructure in the coming year.

As a result of this webinar, the learner will be able to:
1. Understand the threat to critical infrastructure posed by Russian state actors and proxies.
2. Understand how the cyber insurance landscape is changing that could leave critical infrastructure operators without sufficient coverage.
3. Understand the changing regulatory and reporting landscape for critical infrastructure.

Michael McLaughlin, Cybersecurity Attorney and Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Michael McLaughlin is a cybersecurity attorney and policy advisor in Washington, D.C. He specializes in cyber incident response and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Michael served as Senior Counterintelligence Advisor for United States Cyber Command and a Research Affiliate for the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security.

Who Can Attend:
InfraGard members only.

Target Audience:
This webinar is applicable to all sectors. American critical infrastructure operators should not view Russia’s limited impact to Ukrainian networks as an indicator of limited capability or a reduced threat. Russian cyber operations are most effectively executed in the grey-zone of warfare. This webinar will look at historic Russian attacks against critical infrastructure as well as threats from ransomware and cyber criminal groups operating in Russia. It will discuss Russian tactics, techniques, and procedures and Russia’s strategic use of malicious cyber activities against critical infrastructure. It will also discuss the changing insurance and regulatory requirements that will affect critical infrastructure operators facing threats from Russian actors.