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Cybersecurity in Your Neighborhood: Why Public-Private Partnerships Matter

June 20, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
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The nation’s critical infrastructure is at risk. Communications systems, electrical power, transportation, even water supplies, face both physical and digital threats.

President Barack Obama has signed a Presidential Policy Directive and an Executive Order to establish a national policy to protect these systems. But government can’t act alone: the bulk of critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. This National Conversation is part of a dialogue between government and the private sector, to help make policy more effective.

How can we protect our infrastructure, and make it more resilient against the many hazards that are part of the 21st Century?

The event will begin as scheduled promptly at 1:00pm. Please be seated before the beginning of the program.

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Chertoff Group; of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP
  • Founding Co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University, and Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University
  • Tom Gjelten // Moderator
    Correspondent, National Public Radio
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Past National Conversation Speakers:

  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Former National Security Adviser
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
    United States Senator
  • Michael Chertoff
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Friedman
    Columnist New York Times
  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Dr. Henry Kissinger
    Former Secretary of State
  • General Stanley McChrystal
    Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • Brent Scowcroft
    Former US National Security Adviser
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State
  • James Zogby
    Founder and President of the Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C.

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