Herbert Lin

Chief Scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council (NRC)

Dr Herbert Lin is Chief Scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council (NRC), where he has also been Study Director of major projects on public policy and information technology. He was co-editor of the NRC’s 2009 report Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities,1 and a 2010 NRC study on cyber deterrence, Proceedings of a Workshop on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options for U.S. Policy.


  • Cyber conflict and international humanitarian law

    Conflict in cyberspace refers to actions taken by parties to a conflict to gain advantage over their adversaries in cyberspace by using various technological tools and people based techniques. In principle, advantages can be obtained by damaging, destroying, disabling, or usurping an adversary’s computer systems (‘cyber attack’) or by obtaining information that the adversary would prefer to keep secret (‘cyber espionage’ or ‘cyber exploitation’).