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Titans Breakfast featuring Howard Schmidt

An NVTC Signature Event
Co-hosted by the NVTC Business to Government Committee

December 15, 2010

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt
Addressed Cybersecurity Goals

On Wednesday, December 15, more than 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner for the last NVTC Titans event of 2010, co-hosted by the NVTC Business to Government Committee. Keynote speaker White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt discussed current cybersecurity initiatives and the future of the government's cybersecurity strategy.

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt addressing
more than 500 Titans attendees on Wednesday.

Schmidt began his remarks by calling Northern Virginia the "heart" of where innovation and technology happens and highlighted partnerships with industry as key to the work of his office, since cybersecurity is both a national security and economic issue. He argued that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility across sectors, especially because the vast majority of critical infrastructure is in the hands of the private sector. Therefore, the government needs to be able to provide information on threats to private sector partners, according to Schmidt.

Schmidt also described four key principles guiding the government's cybersecurity efforts:

  1. Deterrence. Schmidt argued we have to raise the price of people doing bad things, make it less likely for them to be successful and make cybercrime less profitable.
  2. Resilience. Because our society relies so heavily on technology, we have to make sure the system has the most up-time possible while also developing fail-safes.
  3. Privacy. Security should be a means to accomplishing privacy goals. Rather than being at odds, everything we do to enhance technology security should be privacy-enhancing.
  4. Partnerships. We need to redefine what it means to have a true public-private partnership in cybersecurity.

Later in his remarks, Schmidt addressed the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI); the implementation of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12); strengthening law enforcement and counter-intelligence capabilities; and developing the next generation of cyberscurity professionals through the National Initiative Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the Scholarship for Service program.

The morning ended with a question-and-answer session in which Schmidt addressed WikiLeaks, the Smart Grid and what initiatives are in place to protect it from cyber attacks, international theft of intellectual property and the security of developing countries.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Titans Series Sponsors
Signature Platinum Sponsor: Latisys-Ashburn
Platinum Sponsors: Comcast Business Class; Consumer Electronics Association; Transformation Systems, Inc.; Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company
Gold Sponsors: BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor Group; Cox Business Services; Harris IT Services; Neustar, Inc.; The Washington Post- Capital Business
Silver Sponsors: Alion Science and Technology; Apptix; Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; ICF International; Korn/Ferry International; Marymount University; Micron Technology; Protiviti/RHI; Serco; Telos Corporation; TRAINING SOLUTIONS, INC.; Travelers Insurance Company, United Bank; University of Phoenix
Media Partner: SmartCEO
Media Sponsor: Capital Business

Business to Government Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor: Berenzweig Leonard, LLP
Gold Sponsors: Harris IT Services, United Bank
Silver Sponsors: AH&T Insurance; Goodman & Company; Unanet Technologies; Vistronix, Inc.; The Washington Post- Capital Business

The Ritz-Carlton
1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA