MESSAGE FROM THE TECHNICAL CHAIR
On May 29, 2009, President Obama announced that he accepted the recommendations of White House Cyberspace Policy Review committee to, "Initiate a national public awareness and education campaign to promote Cybersecurity.." and to initiate “a dialog to enhance public-private partnerships.." towards “streamlining, aligning, and providing resources to optimize their contribution and engagement."
The conference program will focus on national and global cybersecurity policy. It will integrate across government, commercial and corporate perspectives to inform the dialog from which will emerge a mapping of tradeoffs among government mandates, public-private partnerships, and private actions in commercial Internet and critical infrastructure systems. Three major segments of Government must collaborate in a way that the public can understand and support in order to (a) preserve the best aspects of the Internet and (b) to overcome burgeoning threats to our privacy, critical infrastructure, and potentially to our very way of life. Of government agencies, the DoD has the best technical grasp on the threats, the DHS and DoJ have the mandate and resources to protect us from some such threats, and the Department of Commerce has the responsibility to promote commerce in spite of those threats and to mitigate those threats to commerce, e.g. by setting public technical standards via its National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as they have for the security of our encrypted interstate banking systems. This conference report will provide a roadmap of interrelationships across US DoD, DHS, DOJ, NIST, commerce and global perspectives to inform cybersecurity policy. Conference participants will adopt a CEO perspective on cybersecurity issues. This unique conference will provide policy decision makers in both government and industry with greater clarity in evaluating tradeoffs among cyber security mandates and other objectives of their respective missions. Please join us in the neutral academic setting of Stevens Institute of Technology where all points of view from panelists and participants alike will be thoughtfully considered and fully reflected in our resulting plain talk report to the Congress and the American People: The 2010 Cybersecurity Policy Guidebook.
Dr. Joseph Mitola III, Vice President for the Research Enterprise, Stevens Institute of Technology
PROMOTING THE PUBLIC DIALOG
Senate Bill 773, the draft Cybersecurity Act of 2009 in the US Congress, proposes to “ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption ….” S.773 is only one of the dozen legislative actions on cybersecurity now being deliberated by the US Congress that strategically rebalance public-private equities for the CEO.