City Seminar

Digital Pearl Harbor: How Real is the Cybersecurity Threat, and Who’s Responsible Anyway?

Policy Forum and Luncheon Cosponsored With The Economist

March 25, 2004 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Crowne Plaza Cabana, Palo Alto, CA

Featuring Andreas Kluth, Moderator, The Economist; Ben Golub, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, VeriSign; Scott Culp, Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft Corporation; Larry Clinton, Operations Officer, Internet Security Alliance; and Wayne Crews, Director of Technology Policy, Cato Institute.

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Terrorism poses an undeniable threat, but what about cyberthreats? Can terrorists and hackers disrupt the Internet or critical networks and infrastructure such as electrical grids, key financial networks, and water supply systems—or are those threats overblown? If such threats are plausible, might they be carried out instead of, or as part of, a physical attack? What are the relative risks of physical threats and cyberthreats, and how much attention does cybersecurity deserve in the broader context of national, corporate, and personal security? Responses to cyberterrorism have included greater corporate emphasis on security, increased information sharing included between government and business, and government‐​funded cybersecurity research, as well as proposals to hold network administra‐​tors and software makers liable. Does government have a key role to play here, or should the private sector address cybersecurity through better management and innovations such as insurance and security outsourcing? Join us for an engaging discussion about threats to digital and physical security in the digital age.

10:30–11:00 a.m. Registration
11:00–11:05 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Wayne Crews
11:05 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Larry Clinton
Wayne Crews
Scott Culp
Ben Golub
Andreas Kluth, Moderator
Howard A. Schmidt
12:30–1:30 p.m Reception and Buffet Luncheon

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