Cybersecurity for a New America

Big Ideas and New Voices
New America

We are pleased to invite you to Cybersecurity for a New America: Big Ideas and New Voices, a day-long conference that will launch our new cross-disciplinary initiative in cybersecurity.

In addition to featuring keynote remarks by Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, this event will convene experts and practitioners from the public and private sector, military, media, academia, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations for a series of discussion panels and first person “pop-up” style speeches on the wide range of cybersecurity issues that are affecting and infecting everything from personal devices and corporate networks to national defense and international affairs. The focus of the event will be to push past the status quo and instead explore the next generation of challenges, as well as highlight bold, new ideas to face them. CNN is the event’s media partner and will provide a live-stream of the event.

Join the conversation online using #NewAmCyber and following @NewAmerica.


Representatives from groups as diverse as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Berkman Center at Harvard University, the Brunswick Group, the Department of Homeland Security, Endgame, Google, HackerOne, the Intercept, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Korn Ferry International, New York University, Symantec, Temple University, the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom, the University of Denver, the U.S. Army Cyber Command, and Yahoo will explore topics such as:

  • How can we protect both business and the wider net from the next wave of advanced persistent threats?
  • Can we keep cybersecurity from becoming something only the rich enjoy?
  • Where will the military, business, and hacktivist communities find the next generation of cyber warriors?
  • What might a "Cyber Red Cross" look like, and do we need it?
  • What is it like to be hacked for your political beliefs?
  • What is the future of bounty programs and vulnerability marketplaces?
  • How do corporations "head-hunt" for cyber board and executive talent?
  • How do reporters and business "speak" about threats and why does that matter?
  • What is the future of encryption and privacy?
  • What can Kant and other philosophers teach us about cybersecurity?

Full Agenda:

8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

Anne Marie-Slaughter
President & CEO, New America

9:10 AM: What is it Like to Be Hacked for Your Beliefs?

Dlshad Othman
ICT Specialist, ISC Project

9:20 AM: Is Cybersecurity the Next Digital Divide? 

How can we secure the least secure among us? Though most Americans equate privacy with security, safety, and protection, the population most likely to do anything to keep themselves safe and secure online are college-educated, white men. But what about other groups, especially members of disadvantaged groups with low levels of digital literacy? What prevents more people from adopting secure technologies and being mindful of security risks online? And what needs to change in order to ensure that personal security online is accessible and available to everyone?

Daniel Kahn Gillmor 
Technology Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union

Seda Gürses 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University

Tara Whalen
Privacy Analyst, Google


Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Senior Research Fellow, New America

10:20 AM: New (and Old) Ethics: What Can Kant Teach Us About Cybersecurity?

Heather Roff 
Visiting Professor, University of Denver

10:30 AM: A Conversation with Assistant Attorney General John Carlin

Peter Bergen
Vice President, Director of Studies, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Co-Director, Future of War Project

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

11:00 AM: A Conversation with Admiral Mike Rogers

Jim Sciutto
Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

Admiral Mike Rogers
Director, National Security Agency; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

12:00 PM: Lunch

12:20 PM: @War

Anne Marie-Slaughter
President & CEO, New America

Shane Harris
Fellow, New America; Sr. Correspondent, the Daily Beast; Author, @War

12:45 PM: Big Data and the Internet of Things

Patrick Tucker
 Technology Editor, DefenseOne 

12:55 PM: Inside View: How Are Reporters and the Corporate Sector Talking About Cybersecurity

Siobhan Gorman
Director, Brunswick Group

1:05 PM: New Markets: Putting a Bounty on Vulnerabilities

Katie Moussouris
Chief Policy Officer, HackerOne

1:20 PM: The Technologist’s Perspective: A Conversation with Bruce Schneier

Alan Davison
Director, Open Technology Institute, New America

Bruce Schneier
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School

1:50 PM: Do We Need a Cyber Red Cross?

Cyber incidents will happen. They are likely to occur in spite of the important international efforts to strengthen norms governing and limiting the malicious use of cyberspace. We need a Cyber Red Cross, cyber humanitarians working across borders to respond to such incidents and to provide assistance where needed at times of war and peace. Can Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) play this role? What other institutions and networks exist? What would the ICRC’s humanitarian principles of neutrality, independence, and impartiality look like for cyberspace?

Tom Millar
Chief of Communications, US-CERT

François Stamm
Head of United States Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross


Tim Maurer
Research Fellow, New America Duncan B. Hollis - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

3:05 PM: The Hunt for Talent: How Are Corporate Boards Faring?

Aileen Alexander

Principal, Korn Ferry International

3:15 PM: Where Can We Find The Next Generation of Cyber Warriors?

While cybersecurity is seemingly an issue of technology, it is also a human capital issue. What are the attributes of the cybersecurity “warrior?” In a networked world of individual hackers, hactivists, APTs, private firms, cyber militia, and new cyber military units, do the old models of selection, training, and organization still apply? Who will win in this human competition for talent, and what are the consequences?

Lieutenant General Edward Cardon
Commanding General, United States Army Cyber Command

Nate Fick
CEO, Endgame


Peter W. Singer
Strategist & Senior Fellow, New America

4:30 PM: Protecting the Net From Advanced Persistent Threats

The internal networks of Internet companies, retailers, financial institutions, nonprofits and even the entertainment industry and the Fourth Estate are now dealing with near-constant Advanced Persistent Threats. When nearly every major institution is at risk of targeted attacks by well-resourced players--be they states, organized crime, or a mix of both--that have resources to direct sustained, sophisticated hacking campaigns for financial or political gain, what is our best defense? How should the targets, the security vendors that assist them, and the policymakers that serve them react to an ever more hostile Internet environment that's starting to look more like a failed state than the info-utopia we once envisioned? And how do we combat these threats while also preserving the openness of the Internet and the privacy of Internet users?

Alex Stamos
Chief Information Security Officer, Yahoo!

Morgan Marquis-Boire
Director of Security, First Look Media

Cheri McGuire
Vice President – Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec

Angela McKay
Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft


Kevin Bankston

Policy Director, Open Technology Institute, New America

5:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Anne-Marie Slaughter
President & CEO, New America

5:35 PM: Reception

Please note that this Feb. 23 event will be followed by another New America launch event for its new project on the Future of War, also at the Ronald Reagan Building on Feb. 24-25.

This event is funded by generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.