Events

 

 March 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM

The Battle for Cyberspace
by Samuel S. Visner

 

Abstract
Samuel S. Visner, Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center and Professor of cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology at Georgetown University, will speak on changes in the way in cyberspace is regarded by different countries, and the consequences of these changes for information security professionals. The talk will discuss the following topics:
• The forces shaping the future of cybersecurity
• Cybersecurity as an instrument of statecraft; the “sovereignty” of cyberspace
• Efforts by other countries to control and govern the cyberspace on which we depend.

The talk will include a high-level history of cyberspace, the rise of integrated computer networks, and the role cybersecurity plays in the international system, with particular attention given to the “new normal” in which hostile computer network exploitation and attack, coupled to “computer network influence,” have emerged as daily phenomena with which information security professionals and the C-Suite must deal.

About the Speaker
Samuel Sanders Visner is the Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (MITRE), sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology (appointed October 30, 2017). Sam also serves as member of the Cyber and Domestic Security Councils of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Cyber Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Sam is an adjunct professor of Science and Technology in International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology. Sam is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, and an Intelligence Associate of the National Intelligence Council, and is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board, sponsored by the National Academy of Science and serving the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Sam served previously as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity and Resilience, ICF International. Prior to ICF, Sam served as Vice President and General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity, as a Senior Vice President at SAIC, and as Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, from which he received the Agency's highest award for civilian service. Sam also served as a member of the Board of Directors, CVG/Avtec (2008- 2010). Sam holds a Bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University and a Master's degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University. Sam served twice on the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and has published articles on national and cybersecurity in World Politics Review, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Defense Intelligence Journal. Sam is married to Antoinette (Toni) Burnham, Washington DC's leading urban beekeeper.

 

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Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

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