Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection
JANUARY 29, 2015 BY
The White House announced Tuesday that it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.
The all-day event will include senior leaders from the White House and across federal government; CEOs from a wide range of industries including financial services, technology, retail and communications companies; law enforcement officials; and consumer advocates. Stanford faculty members and students currently researching cybersecurity issues will be involved throughout the summit.
“We are honored to host this White House summit at Stanford University and are excited to play a pivotal role in convening experts from government, industry and academia,” said Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Stanford is very engaged in studying cyber-related issues, and we look forward to enhancing this work by sharing our expertise on the cybersecurity issues that are so critical for the United States, its consumers and its businesses.”
Topics at the summit will include “increasing public-private partnerships and cybersecurity information sharing, creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies, and improving adoption and use of more secure payment technologies,” the White House said in a statement.
“America’s economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet. Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property. Although the threats are serious and they constantly evolve, I believe that if we address them effectively, we can ensure that the Internet remains an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas.”
Collaborating on Cyber Solutions
The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who have a stake in this issue — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who specialize in this field, and students — to collaborate and explore partnerships that will help develop the best ways to bolster our cybersecurity.
From increasing cybersecurity information sharing to improving adoption of more secure payment technologies, here’s a look at the topics that panels at the Summit will address:
- Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity
- Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations
- Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies
- Cybersecurity Information Sharing
- International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity
- Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password
- Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security
The Five Things You Need to Know: The Administration’s Priorities on Cybersecurity
Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives — from the broadband beneath us to the wireless signals around us to the networks that power our hospitals, schools, and our nation. The Obama administration is pursuing five key priorities that will strengthen our approach to cybersecurity threats by:
- Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure — our most important information systems — from cyber threats.
- Improving our ability to identify and report cyber incidents so that we can respond in a timely manner.
- Engaging with international partners to promote internet freedom and build support for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace.
- Securing federal networks by setting clear security targets and holding agencies accountable for meeting those targets.
- Shaping a cyber-savvy workforce and moving beyond passwords in partnership with the private sector.
Learn more about the Administration’s cybersecurity priorities at WhiteHouse.gov/cybersecurity
.2/13/15 FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection
2/12/15 FACT SHEET: Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing
February 13, 2015
White House Summit of Cyber Security and Consumer Protection
Stanford University, Stanford, CA