Painter is a globally recognised leader and expert on cyber security, cyber policy, cyber diplomacy and combatting cyber crime.
He has been on the vanguard of US and international cyber issues for over 25 years – first as a leading federal prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cyber crime cases in the US, then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council and finally as the world’s first top cyber diplomat at the State Department.
Painter is also a distinguished non-resident fellow at ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre, with ASPI (Australian Strategic Policy Institute) the partner at this morning's ACS (Australian Computer Society) Cyber security breakfast to release its latest Policy Brief (Report No.4/2018) entitled "Deterrence in cyber space", that can be downloaded in full here as a detailed 14-page PDF.
The report's sub heading is "Spare the costs, spoil the bad state actor: Deterrence in cyber space requires consequences", and that was a major feature of Painter's talk to the gathered security-minded digerati at the ACS breakfast event.
ASPI and ACS also recently released a Policy Brief on Australia’s Offensive Capability, available here, with another detailed 14-page report.
Painter was also recently in Sydney for a series of telco Macquarie's customer and policy events, which you can see here.
Here is Painter's talk in full at the event this morning:
In the foreward fo the Deterrence in Cyber space report, Yohan Ramasundara, the president of the ACS said:
"In the past three years, barely a week has gone by without a report of a critical cyberattack on a business or government institution. We are constantly bombarded by revelations of new ransomware strains, new botnets executing denial of service attacks, and the rapidly expanding use of social media as a disinformation and propaganda platform.
"Perhaps most alarmingly, a great many of these attacks have their origin in the governments of nation states.
"In the past decade we have moved well beyond business as usual signals intelligence operations. Some of the largest malware outbreaks in recent years, such as NotPetya and WannaCry, had their origins in state-run skunkworks.
"Cyber attacks initiated by nation states have become the new normal, and countries including Australia have struggled with the challenge of how to respond to them. Far too often they’re considered a low priority and met with a shrug of the shoulders and a “What can you do?”
"In this paper, Chris Painter offers us a way forward. Chris presents a reasonable framework for deterrence, a way that we as a nation can help limit the deployment of cyber warfare tools.
"His recommendations are designed to properly punish bad actors in a way that discourages future bad behaviour. They’re modelled on actions that have worked in the past, and serve, if not as a final solution, at least as a starting point for us to scale back on the increasing number of state-sponsored cyber attacks.
"Most importantly, these actions aren’t just to the benefit of the state—they will allow us to better protect private citizens and companies that all too often get caught in the cyberwarfare crossfire. To put it simply, if we can ensure there are costs and consequences for those who wrongly use these tools to wreak damage, bad actors might start thinking twice before engaging in this destructive behaviour."