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What to Do: Policy Recommendations on Cybersecurity

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On Tuesday at AEI, National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy National Manager for National Security Systems Curt Dukes remarked on cybersecurity developments in the last 24 months. He also covered the NSA’s incident-response work in the aftermath of major cyber incidents and changes the government should consider to better secure its networks moving forward.

Mr. Dukes reviewed current trends in cybersecurity, highlighting challenges caused by increasing connectivity, the role of poor cyber hygiene in recent high-profile cyber incidents, and the need to raise basic levels of cybersecurity across the board. He described the timeline of cyber intrusions and noted ways to mitigate incidents at each step of the intrusion life cycle.

During a follow-up conversation with AEI’s Jeffrey Eisenach, Mr. Dukes discussed the NSA’s role in responding to recent high-profile cyber incidents, issues that hinder interagency cooperation, and potential solutions to such issues, using the model of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre as an example. He also commented on supply chain risk management, standards for the disclosure of zero-day vulnerabilities to the private sector, and the need for more balanced investments in cyber defense by the government.

— Matt Au

Event Description

With major cybersecurity incidents at US corporations, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Democratic National Committee dominating recent headlines, protecting American computer networks is a critical task. A key player in tackling this challenge is the National Security Agency (NSA), which protects information on the government’s national security systems, helps clean up major public and private cyber incidents, and addresses software flaws and IT vulnerabilities that affect the private and public sectors.

Join AEI for remarks from NSA Deputy National Manager for National Security Systems Curt Dukes for an inside look at how the NSA defends American networks, the public and private sectors’ role in facing technology challenges, and the NSA’s work in the aftermath of major public- and private-sector cyber incidents.

Join the conversation on social media with #AEIcyber.

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.


Agenda

8:30 AM
Registration

9:00 AM
Introduction:
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

9:05 AM
Keynote remarks:
Curtis Dukes, National Security Agency

9:35 AM
Discussion

Participants:
Curtis Dukes, National Security Agency
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

10:10 AM
Q&A


Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Matt Au at [email protected], 202.862.5918.


Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or to register a camera crew, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829


Curtis Dukes is the deputy national manager (DNM) for National Security Systems (NSS). On behalf of the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the DNM is charged with securing systems that handle classified information or are otherwise critical to military and intelligence activities. Mr. Dukes joined the NSA in 1984 as a computer scientist. He has since served in a variety of organizations within the NSA and has received the rank of Meritorious Executive, as well as an Exceptional Performance and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. He has completed an overseas assignment and an intelligence community assignment for the Department of Defense. In Germany, he had operational responsibilities for implementing Information Assurance activities across the European command. Following his community assignment, he became deputy, then chief, of the Network Architecture and Applications Division and then became chief of the Systems and Network Attack Center. He also led highly skilled technical workforces as director of the NSA/CSS Commercial Solutions Center. Most recently, he served as deputy director, then director, of the Information Assurance Directorate. Mr. Dukes has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He is a 2004 graduate of the Intelligence Community Officer Training Program.

Jeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI. He 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. Dr. 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 the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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