This CoveTalk discussed the intelligence, strategic and international law implications relating to the ‘greyzone’ and cyber operations. Noting Russia’s cyber activities against Ukraine have been consistent since 2014, and are often cited as the most prevalent recent example of cyber operations in the ‘greyzone’. In light of recent world events, what do these actions mean for future conflict or broader strategy?

Livestreamed here on The Cove from 1130 h to 1230 h (AEST) on Monday, 23 May 2022. The speakers linked the broader security issue with contemporary topics relevant to the Defence Force and Australian intelligence communities. Thank you to those who watched online and participated in the Q&A.

Recommend reading is 'Grey Zone' by The Perry Group on The Forge.


This panel featured Associate Professor Andrew Phillips, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, whose expertise in security and strategy; and Colonel Penny Saultry who is an international lawyer and a co-author of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare; and Katherine Mansted, who is the Director of Cyber Intelligence at Australia’s largest independent cyber security services company, Cyber CX, and a Senior Fellow in the Practice of National Security at the ANU National Security College. The panel was chaired by Doctor Lauren Sanders, Senior Research Fellow with the UQ Law in the Law and Future of War project.

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