Keep up to date on the latest security issues facing the federal government with these sessions at RSA Conference 2012!
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Special Forum on the Future of Cyber Security and Active Defense
12 – 12:50 PM | Room 103
Moderator: James Lewis (View Bio)James Andrew Lewis is a senior fellow and Program Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he writes on technology, security and the international economy. Before joining CSIS, Lewis served at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service Officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He has authored more than seventy publications since coming to CSIS and was the Director of CSIS´s Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, whose report has been downloaded more than 50,000 times. He was also the Rapporteur for the UN's 2010 Group of Government Experts on Information Security. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago; his current research involves the internet, innovation; and strategic competition. Senior Fellow & Program Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Panelists: Jim Dempsey (View Bio)Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy at CDT and head of CDT West, has been with CDT since 1997. Dempsey concentrates on privacy, government surveillance, and national security issues. He coordinates the Digital Privacy and Security Working Group, and he organized Digital Due Process, a coalition working to update the standards for government access to communications. He testifies frequently before Congress and is widely quoted in the media. Ars Technica and Tech Policy Central identified Dempsey as one of the top names in tech policy for 2009. The Washington Post Sunday magazine described him as "reasoned and respected civil liberties advocate routinely summoned to the Hill by both political parties to advise lawmakers about technology and privacy issues." Vice President for Public Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology; Lt. Gen. (Ret) Kenneth Minihan (View Bio)Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan is a Managing Director at Paladin. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 33 years of active commissioned service. On his final tour of duty he served as the 14th Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. . As Director, he was the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Dept. of Defense. He also served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
He has a Baccalaureate Degree from Florida State University, a Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and he has completed executive development programs at the University of Illinois & Harvard. Among his awards and decorations are the National Security Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. , Managing Director, Paladin; General Michael Hayden (View Bio)General Michael Hayden, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden was responsible for overseeing collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America´s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations. At Chertoff Group, Gen. Hayden uses his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters. He also served as the 1st Prin. Deputy Dir. of National Intelligence -and highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. He served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of National Security Agency & Chief of Central Security Service.
He graduated from Duquesne University with a BS in History and MS in modern American history., Principal, Chertoff Group;
Ron Deibert (View Bio)Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc.
He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression and access to information.
He was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award, the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award, and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy. He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies., Professor of Political Science & Director, Canada Centre for Global Security Studies
Active or dynamic defense is an approach to proactively deal with cyber attacks and could be the future of cyber security. It emphasizes real-time information, broader situational awareness, and speed. Active defense requires surveilling traffic for known malware or anomalous activity, taking action to block such traffic, and maybe even striking back at attackers. Contrast this kind of system to the widely used and disaggregated, enterprise-level approach -- with every network trying to save itself -- that ultimately gives attackers a real advantage. But Active Defense raises concerns about privacy and the sharing of classified information, as well as the militarization of cyberspace. Join us for an active discussion with internationally recognized experts from the defense and intelligence sector as well as privacy activists.
Hot Topic Track: Joining Forces: The Public-Private Imperative in Cybersecurity
1:10 – 2:20 PM | Room 132
Moderator: Howard Schmidt (View Bio)Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement, and corporate security spanning more than 40 years. He brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations through his distinguished career. He currently is Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt is responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.
Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security., Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President
Panelists: Patrick Gallagher (View Bio)Patrick Gallagher was confirmed as the 14th Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Nov. 5, 2009. He also serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a new position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, signed by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2011.
Gallagher provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST's FY 2010 resources include $856.6 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-117), $49.9 million in service fees, and $101.5 million from other agencies. The agency employs about 2,900 scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary of Standards, and Technology and Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology; Richard Hale, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, Department of Defense; Debora Plunkett (View Bio)Debora Plunkett is the Director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at the National Security Agency. The IAD is the focal point for cyber security, cryptography, and information systems security for all national security systems. With over 25 years at the Agency, Ms. Plunkett has served in a number of leadership and operational roles in both the Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance missions. She also served as a Director on the National Security Council where she helped shape the national policy on critical infrastructure protection and cyber security. In 2007, she was awarded the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service by the President of the United States., Director, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency; Mark Weatherford (View Bio)Mark Weatherford is the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a position that will allow DHS NPPD to create a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace. Mr. Weatherford has a wealth of experience in information technology and cybersecurity at the Federal, state and private sector levels.
Mr. Weatherford was previously the Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program., Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security IT;
It’s pervasive. It’s essential. Which explains why so many are determined to attack it. The public and private sectors must meet the growing threat with a truly integrated approach to cybersecurity. Come hear leaders at the highest levels of government discuss their most important cybersecurity priorities. Learn how the private sector can participate. Join up and be part of the solution.
Government Cybersecurity Special Forum: NSTIC and Fighting Botnets Meeting
3 – 5 PM | Room 121
Opening Remarks: Howard Schmidt, Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President
Panel 1: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) – an Update on Implementation
Moderator: Jeremy Grant, Senior Executive Advisor, Identity Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Panelists: Michael Barrett, Chief Information Security Officer, PayPal; Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT); Kaliya Hamlin (aka Identity Woman), Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium; Craig Spiezle, Online Trust Alliance
Panel 2: Fighting Botnets – an Update on Public-Private Efforts
Introduction: Ari Schwartz, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Commerce
Moderator: Dr. Peter Fonash, Department of Homeland Security
Panelists: Chris Boyer, AT&T; Cheri McGuire, Symantec Corporation; Max Weinstein, StopBadware; Micheal O’Reirdan, Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group
Increasingly, government is turning to multi-stakeholder collaborative processes – rather than regulation or legislation – to craft consumer-centric solutions that can improve security and raise the level of trust online. Experts from the public and private sector will discuss two critical White House cybersecurity initiatives that embrace public-private partnerships: the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), where government is working together with the private sector to create a user-centric identity ecosystem where individuals can choose from a range of strong privacy-enhancing credentials to better protect themselves online, and the Fighting Botnets effort, which focuses on creating a public-private partnership to build incentives for Botnet notification and remediation among consumers. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt will offer opening remarks.
Combating Threats in the Cyber World: Outsmarting Terrorists, Hackers, and Spies
2:20 PM | Hall D
Robert S. Mueller, III, (View Bio)Robert S. Mueller, III is the sixth Director of the FBI, nominated by President George W. Bush. He was sworn in as Director on September 4, 2001. His ten–year term as Director was recently extended for an additional two years.
After receiving his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his Master's Degree in International Relations from New York University, Director Mueller joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served as a Marine officer for three years. After attending Army Ranger and Jump Schools, he led a rifle platoon of the Third Marine Division in Vietnam for one year. For his service, he received the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Following his career in the Marine Corps, Director Mueller went on to earn his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Director Mueller has served as a litigator, a U.S. Attorney, and Acting Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice. Director, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
We depend on the Internet every day - to communicate, to shop, to grow ideas and to build businesses. But the technology we use for innovation and convenience is employed by criminals and nation - states to steal research and personal data. Terrorists use it to recruit and train operatives, and to plan and execute attacks. We cannot merely react to these threats. Hackers and spies will continue to exploit every vulnerability; terrorists will continue to use the Internet to nefarious ends. FBI Director Mueller will discuss the cyber threat to our nation's security and economic prosperity, what the FBI is doing to combat this threat, and why it is imperative that law enforcement and the private sector work together to protect the safety and security of our citizens.