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The rapid pace of Internet innovation creates wide-ranging social and economic benefits, but it also poses significant security and privacy concerns. On Thursday, AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy hosted a conference to discuss these challenges and the future of cybersecurity policy.

Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) explained that the public does not understand the growth or risk of cyber threats. General Michael Hayden (ret.) agreed, stating that the National Security Agency’s bulk data–collection program can help protect individuals, industry, and national security.

Robert Dix of Juniper Networks emphasized the need for improved coordination among government agencies, while Chris Painter of the US Department of State argued that it is better than ever before. Painter also supported applying international law to cyberspace, a policy AEI and George Mason University School of Law’s Jeremy Rabkin criticized for failing to address cyber crime’s massive disruption of commerce. Led by Maureen Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission, the panelists came to the agreement that better cyber education is a necessary first step.

Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlined the FCC’s cybersecurity strategy, which will focus on information sharing, network protection, and situational awareness and will challenge the private sector to establish a new, cost-effective paradigm for ensuring security. General Keith Alexander (ret.) elaborated that network protection is essential for achieving the potential of big data, which has tremendous opportunities for innovation and security. Reiterating Hayden and Rogers arguments, Alexander asserted that recent US security leaks have endangered US national security and have misled the public.
–James Cunningham

Event Description

The Internet has been a remarkable force for freedom and prosperity, but it has faced challenges from individuals and governments intent on abusing its openness and interconnectivity. Please join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a conference to kick-start a national debate on America’s role in protecting and promoting free enterprise, personal security, and individual liberty in cyberspace. Cyber experts, as well as senior business and government leaders, will share their insights into the future of cybersecurity policy.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


8:30 AM

8:45 AM
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

9:00 AM
General Michael Hayden (ret.), Chertoff Group
Mike Rogers, Chairman, US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (R-MI)

Mike Daniels, AEI

10:00 AM
Panel: Protecting individuals and infrastructure in cyberspace

Robert Dix, Vice President, Juniper Networks
Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, US Department of State
Jeremy A. Rabkin, AEI and George Mason University School of Law

Shane Tews, AEI

11:15 AM
Keynote Address:
Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

12:15 PM
Luncheon Address:
General Keith Alexander (ret.), Former Director of the National Security Agency

1:15 PM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact James Cunningham at [email protected], 202.862.4872.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829.

Speaker Biographies

General Keith Alexander (ret.) is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), commander of the US Cyber Command, and chief of the Central Security Service. He is a retired four-star general of the US Army, with extensive experience in national foreign intelligence, combat support, and US national security information system protection. During his time in service, he was deputy chief of staff for Army Headquarters in Washington, DC, commanding general of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command in Virginia, and director of intelligence for the United States Central Command. Since stepping down from his post in the NSA in 2014, Alexander has launched a consulting firm for financial institutions looking to address cybersecurity threats.

Mike Daniels is a visiting fellow in the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy at AEI, where he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, with a particular focus on Internet governance and cybersecurity. He currently serves as chairman of the Logistics Management Institute and Invincea and previously sat as chairman or on the board of directors of more than 20 prominent technology organizations and councils, including as chairman and CEO of Network Solutions (1995–2000). He also served in senior advisory positions at the White House (1981–87) and National Security Council (1981–87) and held positions with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (1969–71) and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (1982–86). He writes on a wide range of issues including Internet security, privacy, and technology policy and is coauthor of “Names, Numbers and Network Solutions: The Monetization of the Internet” (The Foundation for Enterprise Development, 2013).

Robert Dix is vice president of government affairs and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks. He has also served as the chair of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security since 2011. Before that, he served as chairman of the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (2008–10), where he remains on the Executive Committee, Executive Committee of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, and Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Previously, he served on the Cyber Security Legislative Subcommittee of TechAmerica and the executive board of the Industry Advisory Council. He collaborated with the public sector to strengthen private-sector critical infrastructure by testing Cyber Storm exercise series and National Level Exercises for the US government. His work in cybersecurity earned him the Federal 100 Award in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

Jeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI and director for AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. At AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches Regulated Industries. He writes on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

General Michael Hayden (ret.) served as director of the National Security Agency (1999–2005), principal deputy director of national intelligence (2005–06), and director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006–09). He is also a retired four-star US Air Force general, having retired from the Air Force in 2008. Currently, he is a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy. During his time in service, he served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Welfare Center. He has also served in several senior positions at the Pentagon, National Security Council, and Embassy of the United States in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and US Forces Korea. He is also currently a visiting professor at George Mason University.

Maureen Ohlhausen
was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in April 2012. She has extensive experience working with privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. She worked at the FTC for 11 years before her appointment as commissioner, serving as attorney advisor to previous FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle and as director and deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning. During her term, she led the FTC’s Internet Access Task Force. Before joining the FTC, Ohlhausen worked as an attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where she was a partner in the firm’s privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity practice. She has also served as a law clerk in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and in the US Court of Federal Claims. She was a senior editor of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Journal and has taught privacy law and unfair trade practices as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

Christopher Painter
is the US secretary of state’s first coordinator for cyber issues. In that role, he coordinates and leads the US diplomatic efforts to advance an open and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He works with components across government agencies, the private sector, and civil society to implement the president’s international strategy for cyberspace and ensures that US foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are fully synchronized. He has launched cyber dialogues with numerous US partners including the US-China Cyber Working Group. He negotiated the first bilateral cyber confidence–building measures announced by President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2013, as well as the multilateral confidence-building measures announced by the Organization for Economic Security and Cooperation in Europe. Before his appointment, Painter served as senior director for cybersecurity policy in the White House. He coordinated the development of the president’s international strategy for cyberspace in 2011 and was part of the team that conducted the president’s cyberspace policy review.

Jeremy A. Rabkin
is an adjunct scholar at AEI and a member of AEI’s Council of Academic Advisers. He is also a professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law. Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was a professor of government at Cornell University for 27 years. Rabkin is a renowned scholar in international law and a member of the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace and Center for Individual Rights. His full-length books include “Law Without Nations?” (Princeton University Press, 2005), “The Case for Sovereignty” (AEI Press, 2004), “Why Sovereignty Matters” (AEI Press, 1998), and “Judicial Compulsions: How Public Law Distorts Public Policy” (Basic Books, 1989). He also coedited (with L. Gordon Crovitz) “The Fettered Presidency, Legal Limitations and the Conditions of Responsible Policymaking” (AEI Press, 1989). He also has written numerous chapters in edited books, articles in academic journals, and essays.

Mike Rogers
serves as the chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As chairman, Rogers continues to shape US national security policy. He authored a bill to better protect America from cyber-attacks and continues to fight for increased cybersecurity for American businesses. Rogers reestablished the committee’s traditional oversight function of passing regular authorization bills. He has pushed for a stronger US posture against Russia given the country’s recent aggression in Ukraine. Rogers also brings focused attention to China’s continued emergence as a competitor to US interests and to threats posed by terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. Rogers is a former US Army officer and former special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Shane Tews is a visiting fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where she primarily works on cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. She is the chief policy officer at 463 Communications. Tews was formerly vice president of global public policy and government relations for Verisign Inc. and is vice-chair of the board of directors for the Internet Education Foundation. She formerly sat on several information technology boards, including the European American Business Council and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute. She also chaired the Information Technology Information Council’s federal government relations department and sat as chairman of the TechNet Public Policy Committee.

Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on November 4, 2013. For more than three decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. He is the only person to have been selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and Wireless Hall of Fame. Most recently, Wheeler was managing director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in young Internet Protocol–based companies. From 1992 to 2004, Wheeler led the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. From 1979 to 1984, he led the National Cable Television Association. His most recent book is “Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War” (HarperCollins, 2006).

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