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  • Wednesday 14th

    October 2015

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

  • O'Hare Academic Center
    Newport, RI 02840 United States

    Newport, United States

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Cybersecurity, the Internet, and the U.S. Presidential Race


Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC & Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco.

Chris C. Demchak, PhD, RADM Grace M. Hopper Professor of Cybersecurity and Co-Director of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies (C3S) at the U.S. Naval War College.



Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership, Pell Center, Salve Regina University.


The next president will inherit leadership of a nation that is still the most powerful in the world, but that continues to face challenges to its economic and national security of staggering proportions. Among some of the most pressing challenges are the growing scope, pace, sophistication, and impact of cyber threats. The events of the past year, including numerous breaches into major retailers, rampant theft of intellectual property, cybercrime, cyber disruption activities against United States’ top financial institutions, and destructive cyber attacks like the one against Sony Pictures Entertainment, clearly demonstrate the need to accelerate collective efforts to increase our nation’s cybersecurity and to preserve the promise of the Internet economy.

Moreover, competition for Internet dominance is now being waged across economic, technical, political, and social battlefields worldwide. The United States will face challenges to its position of influence over the Internet and the Internet economy unless it develops and delivers a new message focused on economic competitiveness and business opportunity that respects the rights of individuals in their liberty, thoughts, and possessions. Without a new cadre of leaders—both in government and in the private sector—and a new strategic narrative, it will be difficult for the United States to engage around the globe in a constructive conversation.

As the United States edges towards the next elections, how will these issues impact the U.S. Presidential race? Are the country’s current and future leaders prepared for the tasks ahead of them? What measures do they need to take? What should be prioritized? And what should the role of the president be in shaping cyber policy, from issuing executive orders and legislative proposals, to convening leaders who have a stake in bolstering cybersecurity, to appealing for congressional action in areas such as information sharing, intelligence collection, and data breach law?

A panel of distinguished and internationally known experts will discuss these and other timely issues on the future of U.S. cyber policy.

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