Rep. Mike Rogers, Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security and DARPA director Arati Prabhakar join experts to discuss the next generation of cyber defense. (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)

Oct. 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The Washington Post

In cyberspace, the list of critical targets is long: electrical grids, railways, banking systems, stock exchanges and retailers. Billions of dollars are being spent on cybersecurity yet costly cyber intrusions are only growing. Who will protect the systems that we all depend on – and how? Policy leaders, agency experts and industry leaders came together for conversations on the latest in cybersecurity and defense.

National security reporter Dana Priest asks Rep. Mike Rogers at a Washington Post Live Cybersecurity Summit about the recent security breach at the White House. (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)
"The alarm [over cyber attacks] is not cause for alarm but a call to action," Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Wednesday at a Washington Post Live Cybersecurity Summit. (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)


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  • Lassoing the Internet’s Wild West
  • With mobile devices, many firms are playing Russian roulette with cybersecurity
  • What top government and business officials are saying about cybersecurity
  • Agenda:

    8:00 a.m. | Doors Open

    8:30 a.m. | Welcome

    Next-Generation Cyber Defense

    • Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

    A Cyber Strategy for National Security

    • Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
    • Eric Rosenbach, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, U.S. Department of Defense
    • Christopher Painter, Coordinator, Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

    Protecting Critical Infrastructure

    • Tiffany Rad, Security Researcher and Attorney
    • Andy Bochman, Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory
    • Michael McKeown, Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber Division, FBI

    10:15 – 10:25 a.m. | Break

    Strengthening Corporate Security

    • Eric Friedberg, Executive Chairman, Stroz Friedberg
    • Phil Reitinger, Corporate Security Expert

    Securing Credit Cards and Clouds

    • Ellen Richey, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Visa Inc.
    • Erin Jacobs, Managing Partner, Urbane Security
    • Jane Holl Lute, President and Chief Executive Officer, Council on CyberSecurity
    • Brian Dodge, Executive Vice President for Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Retail Industry Leaders Association

    Public-Private Collaboration and the Future of Cyber Space

    • Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    12:00 p.m. | Program Ends


    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

    Chairman, House Intelligence Committee

    In 2011, Rep. Mike Rogers was appointed to chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In the 112th Congress, he authored three intelligence authorization bills which were signed into law, and wrote a cybersecurity bill aimed to protect American innovation and the jobs that come with it from cyber predators. Rogers was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Michigan and later served as an FBI special agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate in 1995. He has served Michigan’s eighth congressional district in Congress since 2001.


    Arati Prabhakar

    Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

    Arati Prabhakar is the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. From 1986 to 1993, she served as a DARPA program manager and office director. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Prabhakar to director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the organization in its work with companies across multiple industries. Prabhakar moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, first as chief technology officer and senior vice president at Raychem. She later became vice president and then president of Interval Research. From 2001 to 2011, she was a partner with U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.

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    Alejandro Mayorkas

    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as deputy secretary of Homeland Security on Dec. 23, 2013. Since 2009, following his nomination by President Obama and subsequent confirmation, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas served as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. While at USCIS he led a workforce of 18,000 members and oversaw a number of programs and enhancements, including the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

    John P. Carlin

    Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

    John P. Carlin is the assistant attorney general for national security. As AAG, Carlin oversees nearly 340 employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, cyber and other national security threats. Previously, Carlin was chief of staff and senior counsel to FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, where he helped lead the Bureau’s need to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyber threats. A career federal prosecutor, Carlin was also national coordinator of DOJ’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property program and an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases ranging from homicide and sexual offenses to cyber, fraud and public corruption matters.

    Eric Rosenbach

    Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, U.S. Department of Defense

    Eric Rosenbach was appointed the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy on September 26, 2011. He supports the secretary of defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating and implementing policies and strategies aimed to improve DoD’s ability to operate in cyberspace. Rosenbach recently led the global cybersecurity practice at Good Harbor Consulting, where he advised the executives of Fortune 500 companies on cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies.

    Ellen Richey
    Ellen Richey

    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Visa Inc.

    Ellen Richey, who first joined Visa in 2007, serves as executive vice president, chief enterprise risk officer and chief legal officer. Richey is responsible for the legal function as well as oversight of Visa’s compliance, audit and risk teams, including payment system risk, settlement risk and enterprise risk. Prior to joining Visa, she worked at Washington Mutual Inc. as senior vice president of enterprise risk management and executive vice president of card services. She also served as vice chairman of Providian Financial Corporation, where she had responsibility for the enterprise risk management, legal, corporate governance, corporate relations, compliance and audit functions. Earlier in her career, Richey was a partner in the San Francisco law firm Farella, Braun & Martel, where she specialized in corporate, real estate and financial institution matters.

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    Christopher Painter

    Coordinator, Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

    Christopher Painter is the secretary of state’s first coordinator for cyber issues. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He works closely with colleagues across the department, other agencies, the White House, the private sector and civil society to implement the president’s international strategy for cyberspace and ensure that U.S. foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are synchronized.

    Jane Holl Lute

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Council on CyberSecurity

    Jane Holl Lute is the president and chief executive officer of the Council on CyberSecurity, responsible for the overall direction and activities of the organization. Lute most recently served as deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. As the department’s chief operating officer, Lute was responsible for the day-to-day management of efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation’s borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters and ensure the nation’s cybersecurity. From 2003 to 2009, Lute served as assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to UN peace operations worldwide, including rapid-response efforts in support of development and humanitarian operations and crises. Lute also served as assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding, coordinating efforts on behalf of the secretary general to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict.


    Tiffany Rad

    Security Researcher and Attorney

    Tiffany Rad is an attorney and computer security analyst. She is also a part-time adjunct professor in the computer science department at the University of Southern Maine teaching computer law, ethics and information security. She is co-author of the book “Security in 2020.”


    Andy Bochman

    Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory

    Andy Bochman is the senior cyber and energy security strategist for Idaho National Lab’s National and Homeland Security directorate. Prior to joining INL, he was an advisor on energy security matters at the Chertoff Group and was security lead for IBM’s global energy and utilities business. Bochman is a corporate board member of the Industrial Control Systems Information Sharing and Analysis Center and a member of GTM’s Grid Edge Executive Council.


    Eric Friedberg

    Executive Chairman, Stroz Friedberg

    Eric Friedberg is executive chairman of Stroz Friedberg, a global investigations, intelligence and risk services firm. Friedberg focuses on overall strategy, geographic and service line growth, mergers and acquisitions, and supervising client-facing offices and divisions. Previously, he was an assistant U.S. attorney for 11 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, serving as the lead cyber-crime prosecutor, the chief of narcotics and senior litigation counsel. Friedberg was also an associate at the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, in the intellectual property and securities litigation departments.

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    Erin Jacobs

    Managing Partner, Urbane Security

    Erin Jacobs is a managing partner at Urbane Security, a solutions-focused, vendor-agnostic information security services firm focusing on providing innovative defense, sophisticated offense and refined compliance services. Jacobs leads Urbane’s Compliance Services and Operations groups utilizing her past experience in leading global organization’s technical and security needs, creating and leading IT teams, and building scalable IT infrastructures to help organizations exceed compliance requirements and security challenges in a manageable and realistic way.

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    Philip Reitinger

    Former Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Philip R. Reitinger has served in both government and industry in senior information security and critical infrastructure protection roles. From 2009 to 2011, he was the deputy under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. He has also served as Sony’s chief information security officer, chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist at Microsoft Corporation, the first executive director of the Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center, and the deputy chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice.

    Michael McKeown

    Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Michael J. McKeown is a supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division. McKeown has been employed with the FBI for more than 17 years. He served as an agent in the Philadelphia Division, Pittsburgh Division and FBI Headquarters. McKeown is one of six SSAs at the FBI Cyber Division’s Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit, responsible for working with subject matter experts from industry and academia to find out where cyber crime originates, who is responsible and how to fight it.

    Brian Dodge

    Brian Dodge

    Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Retail Industry Leaders Association

    Brian Dodge leads the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s media and public relations program. Dodge’s responsibilities include message development, strategic positioning and grassroots activity. Dodge coordinates activities between federal and state government affairs, leveraging assets to support state partners and their activities. Previously, Dodge was executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party and a senior associate at the Washington, D.C.-based government affairs firm Cassidy & Associates. He has also served on Capitol Hill and on the staff of two Massachusetts governors.

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