Building a cybersecurity roadmap: A Monitor, Center for National Policy seminar

It's easy to get anxious about cybersecurity -- but that need not be the case. The Department of Homeland Security's top cyber official and leaders in the field join the Monitor and the Center for National Policy to chart paths forward in cyberspace.

By , Staff writer

UPDATE: This event has ended. You can watch Wednesday's forum in the video player above. Stay tuned for further coverage at the Cyber Conflict Monitor.

On cybersecurity, it’s easy to be nervous.

American defense thinkers rate it as the nation’s top threat – everything from cyber-espionage to a massive attack on critical national infrastructure like the power grid.

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American consumers see their personal data siphoned off from mega-retailers, and wonder if the government is respecting the boundaries between personal privacy and national security. 

Can we be secure in cyberspace? And equally important, how can the US government, American enterprises, and ordinary citizens reduce, rather than stoke, fears about cybersecurity? 

The Center for National Policy and The Christian Science Monitor invite you to join the first in a series of cybersecurity events that bring together the most original thought leaders and cutting-edge practitioners in the field, livestreamed on this page from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 12.

This event will examine the Obama administration's soon-to-be released cybersecurity framework – what more is needed from Congress, and how the nation can better balance the need to ward off cyber threats while maintaining strong privacy protections.

You can tweet questions and thoughts to the speakers and panelists with the hashtag #CyberRoadmap.

The program:

10 a.m.: Opening Address 

Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security

10:50 a.m.: How can nations avoid cyber conflict?  

Moderated by Mark Clayton, Cybersecurity Reporter, The Christian Science Monitor

  • Richard Bejtlich, Chief Security Officer at Mandiant (@Taosecurity)
  • Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Monument Policy Group 
  • Martin Libicki, senior management scientist, RAND Corporation

11:35 a.m.: Jeff Greene, Symantec: Securing the Internet of Things

12 p.m: Keynote Address & Moderated Q&A

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Cybersecurity and the Public

In the DC area? Attend the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by RSVP-ing here

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