Cyber-Defense of American Companies: Can “Operational” Partnerships Work?

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The Trump administration has advocated adoption of “operational” public-private partnerships to impose “defensive costs” and “punitive measures” on cyber-adversaries targeting key American companies. What are the proper roles of the government and industry in such partnerships? What is technologically feasible and legally appropriate? What are the business implications of such partnerships?

Learning Objectives:
1: Understand why operational partnerships may be critical to national cyber-defense.
2: Learn why policy and legal tradeoffs may exist in such partnerships.
3: Explore whether and how such efforts work will be critical going forward.

Megan Brown


Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP

Darren Dick


Director of Program, National Security Institute, GMU Scalia Law School

Robert Mayer


Senior Vice President - Cybersecurity, USTelecom

Matthew Olsen


Assistant Attorney General, National Division of Security, US Department of Justice

Megan Reiss


Senior National Security Fellow, R Street Institute

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