July 07, 2009

Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy - Transcript

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), in partnership with Google, hosted a panel of six experts from the government and the private sector who offered their perspectives on how the United States can implement a national cybersecurity strategy.

The international security environment is evolving rapidly. In today's digital world, a cyberattack on the United States' telecommunications, electrical grid, or banking system could pose as serious a threat to U.S. security as an attack carried out by conventional forces. Once concerned solely with "megatons," security experts are now buzzing over "megabytes" and "megabits."
In its Cyberspace Policy Review, the Obama administration outlined a series of recommendations to defend against cyberattacks, while pending legislation seeks to promote more secure computer networks. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense has created a new cybersecurity command, raising questions on how to balance cybersecurity with user privacy and access.

Event Speakers:


Dr. Kristin Lord
Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security


Harry Wingo
Policy Counsel, Google


Ellen Doneski
Chief of Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

Liesyl Franz
Vice President for Information Security and Global Public Policy, TechAmerica

Richard Hale
Chief Information Assurance Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency

Christopher Painter
Director of Cybersecurity, National Security Council

Philip Reitinger
Deputy Undersecretary of National Protection & Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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