On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, HSPI hosted Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and senior staff of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives for a roundtable discussion on pending cybersecurity legislation.
On Thursday, November 10, 2011, HSPI hosted a Policy and Research Forum featuring John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Administrator Pistole discussed risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism efforts, highlighting the layered security approach empowered by advances in TSA technology over the last decade.
HSPI Policy and Research Forum Series Event - The Hybrid Threat: Crime, Terrorism and Insurgency in Mexico
On October 20, 2011, HSPI and the US Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership hosted a joint Policy and Research Forum event featuring leading subject matter experts who addressed the security challenges posed by drug trafficking organizations, and the strategic and doctrinal responses needed to address an evolving and multifaceted threat to the U.S. and Mexico alike.
HSPI Policy and Research Forum Series Event - A National Conversation on the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward: The Secretaries' Perspective
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, HSPI hosted the Hon. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Hon. Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security in a conversation moderated by former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.
Recent Cyber Event
The George Washington University and US News & World Report Cybersecurity Conference
On Friday, April 26th, 2013, we hosted the first in a series of major conferences on cybersecurity policy. Senior U.S. government officials, leading representatives from the provate sector, and other subject matter experts discussed the status of the cybersecurity policy today and examine key cybersecurity challenges, including increasing public awareness, international efforts to deter cyber threats, and the efforts of Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation.
The George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative and US News & World Report were the lead co-sponsors of this conference. Thomson Reuters was a media sponsor.
On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies about the need to protect America's critical infrastructure.
An "active defense" capability, meaning the ability to immediately attribute and counter attacks, is needed to address future threats in real-time. U.S. companies cannot be expected to go it alone, unassisted, against foreign intelligence services. If a thief robs a bank, the police will not stand idly by as the robber races away with his take. Similarly, the public and private sectors must partner together to prevent major heists online — and when private defenses are breached, the U.S. government must work closely with companies to ensure that there are consequences for the perpetrator(s).
Gordon N. Lederman
It is with much sadness that we share the tragic news that our colleague and friend, HSPI Senior Fellow Gordon Lederman, has passed away after a long and challenging battle with illness that he fought with extraordinary courage and strength.
Those of us who had the privilege of working with Gordon knew him to be a profoundly dedicated and remarkably talented professional, whose tireless efforts in the Nation’s service—in support of the 9/11 Commission, at the U.S. Senate, and at the National Counterterrorism Center—significantly advanced both national and homeland security.
In tribute to Gordon this past December, at the close of his own Congressional career, Senator Lieberman took the floor of the Senate to detail Gordon’s many contributions to this country, achieved in a strikingly short period of time. The Senator’s remarks are attached as well as linked, and we would encourage you to share them with others.
We have lost a good friend, but we are proud to have worked with someone who contributed so much to the country. Condolences to the Lederman family may be shared in the Guest Book online, and memorial contributions may be made to Kemp Mill Synagogue.
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