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Cybersecurity and Privacy Event

Presented by the Cybersecurity and Privacy Committee

February 7, 2012

    U.S. Critical Infrastructure Under Cyber Attack: Understanding the Potential Economic and Homeland Security Impact and How to Prevent Disasters

    “Because our economy is increasingly reliant upon interdependent and cyber-supported infrastructures, non-traditional attacks on our infrastructure and information systems may be capable of significantly harming both our military power and our economy.” - Bill Clinton.

    The cyber threats and vulnerabilities to our critical infrastructure are increasing at an alarming rate due to the proliferation of control systems, increased use of digital and IP-based technology, expanded use of wireless communication and lagging security measure implementation. In 2010, according to an industry report, 80 percent of critical infrastructure companies faced a large-scale denial of service attack, and almost 40 percent of respondents saw them monthly. This means that both business and government must work together to ensure that our country’s critical infrastructure is protected.

    For example, a 27-ton Jenbacher 1 megawatt type power generator can be destroyed by simply hacking into it from a common laptop. Imagine getting access to all of the generators in the U.S. and then simply pushing the enter key on your keyboard to execute an attack. After a little control by use of the Internet and some skilled hacking by an evil programmer or an Al-Qaeda professional, this could be accomplished. With one malignant hacker on the power grid, a lot of our economy will die. What will we do without electricity for four months or maybe up to a year?

    The NVTC Cybersecurity and Privacy Committee invites you to attend an exploration of the growing cyber threats facing our critical infrastructure. We are bringing together a panel of renowned thought leaders prepared to discuss what is needed to minimize vulnerabilities that impact government and business both in the Northern Virginia area as well as across the nation. This will be an interactive discussion on how the private and public sectors can best protect and ensure the continuity of the critical infrastructure of the United States - essential to our security, public health and safety, economic vitality and way of life.


    Moderator:

    Bill Jackson, Senior Writer, Government Computer News (1105 Media Inc.)

    Panelists:

    Margaret E. ´Lyn’ McDermid, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dominion Virginia Power
    John H. Saunders, Ph.D., Director, Center of Information Assurance Education, National Defense University
    James Woolsey, Former Director, CIA



Sponsors

Industry Exclusive Sponsor: Morrison & Foerster
Platinum Sponsors: Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions; Telos Corporation; Verisign
Gold Sponsor: SecureInfo Corporation
Silver Sponsors: Virginia Commerce Bank; Welz & Weisel Communications
Media Partner: 1105 Government Information Group

For more information about sponsorships for this event and committee, click here


Location:
The Tower Club
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Vienna, VA