Ten Years Later: The National Mission to Secure Cyberspace

  • Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | Room: 134

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2013 marks a historic anniversary for the United States, its citizens and the many men and women who work to secure the domains of land, air, sea and cyberspace across the country. • Ten years ago, March 1, 2003, the nation opened the doors to the Department of Homeland Security, led by Founding Secretary Tom Ridge and created following the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. • Ten years ago, February 14, 2003, the United States released the first National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Under the leadership of Howard Schmidt and the guidance and input of the private sector, the federal government launched the national strategy in response to increasing concerns about America’s ability to protect itself from the crippling effects of cyber attacks. • Ten years ago, Secretary Tom Ridge led the first Cybersecurity Summit, a national conversation held in Silicon Valley and attended by executives from numerous stakeholder companies throughout the IT sector. A decade later, how far have we come in securing cyberspace? Where do vulnerabilities still remain? Rogue regimes and nation states continue to target both the public and private sectors in efforts designed to harm our economy, our infrastructure and our citizens. How can we better protect the nation’s interdependent systems from these threats? In this discussion moderated by Taasera CEO Scott Hartz, Secretary Ridge and Howard Schmidt will look at the genesis of the national cybersecurity strategy, the growing range and sophistication of cyber attacks over the last ten years, and positive and achievable ways in which industry and government can work together to secure a very complex and dynamic cyber frontier.


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