International Engagement in Cyberspace 2012

On April 10, 2012, Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security held its second annual conference on international engagement in cyberspace. This gathering promoted dialogue among policymakers, academics and key industry stakeholders from across the globe, and explores the world-wide community’s increasing interconnectivity in this domain. 

On April 9, 2012, The Honorable John (Mike) McConnell, Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, gave the keynote address at the pre-conference dinner, which was followed by a moderated discussion amongst attendees.

Dr. Catherine Lotrionte, Director, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, Georgetown

Introductory Remarks


In recent years, efforts to combat threats posed in cyberspace have been made globally. Yet, states are irrefutably developing instruments of cyber warfare for military, intelligence, and political purposes. Corporations are finding themselves responsible for their own protection, as well as frequently responsible for incident response efforts that often include international action. While much of the debate thus far has centered on technological challenges to securing cyberspace, new thinking is needed on how to address issues such as the protection of private information, the establishment of common understandings regarding acceptable state behavior, the role of non-state actors and the interdependency of economics, and security in this domain.

Drawing on the experience of government practitioners, industry representatives and academic scholars, this event brought a multidisciplinary and international approach to the challenges of cyberspace from technical, corporate, legal, and policy fields both in the United States and abroad.

The keynote address at the conference was given by the Honorable William J. Lynn III, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Defense and the Honorable Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Hon. William J. Lynn III, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense
Photo courtesy of Phil Humnicky/Georgetown University

Hon. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of the U.S.Department of Homeland Security
Photo courtesy of Phil Humnicky/Georgetown University

The Honorable Howard A. Schmidt provided a special cyber security address to further set the stage of the conference.  There were four panels of experts drawn from U.S. and foreign governments, private industry and think tanks on the following topics:

Hon. Howard A. Schmidt, Cybersecurity Coordinator, The White House
Photo courtesy of Phil Humnicky/Georgetown University

Panel One: National Security and Diplomatic Efforts

Panel Chair: Mr. Christopher M. Painter
Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Jaan Priisalu
Director, Estonian Information System’s Authority

Mr. Steven Schleien
Principal Director for Cyber Policy, OSD

Mr. Gerben Klein Baltink
Ministry of Justice, Cyber Security Council, The Netherlands

Dr. Anatoly Streltsov
Vice-Director, Lomonosov Moscow State University Information Security Institute

Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox
Director of Intelligence (J2), U.S. Cyber Command

Panel Two: Law Enforcement Efforts Across National Borders

Panel Chair: Mr. Shawn Henry
Cybersecurity Professional, Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigations (retired)

Mr. Adrian Ciprian Miron
Home Affairs Attache (Police Liaison), Embassy of Romania

Judge Stein Schjolberg
Court of Appeals Judge in Norway
Co-Chair of the East-West Institute Cybercrime Legal Working Group

Mr. Noboru Nakatani
Director of INTERPOL’s Complex for Innovation (Singapore)(effective April 2, 2012), Chief Superintendent for Japan’s National Policy Agency

Mr. Zahid Jamil
Barrister-at-Law, Jamil & Jamil, Pakistan

Panel Three: Commercial Perspectives on Cyber Security 

Introductory Remarks: Hon. Julius Genachowski
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Panel Chair: Mr. Eddie Schwartz
Chief Information Security Officer, RSA

Mr. Robert Dix
Vice President, Government Affairs & Critical Infrastructure Protection, Juniper

Dr. Robert Ghanea-Hercock
Chief Researcher, Security Futures Practice, British Telecom Innovate

Mr. Rick Howard
iDefense General Manager, Verisign Network Intelligence and Availability

Mr. Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral (Ret.)
Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Mr. Scott Borg
Director and Chief Economist of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit (US-CCU)

Panel Four: International Collaborative Responses to Cyber Incidences

Panel Chair: Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.)
Principal, Chertoff Group
Former Director of the NSA and CIA

Mr. Andrea Rigoni
Director-General, Global Cyber Security Center, Italy

Dr. Gregory J. Rattray
Partner, Delta Risk

Rt. Hon. Lord Reid of Cardowan
House of Lords

Mr. Peiran WANG
Visitor Researcher, the Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, PhD Candidate, East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Mr. Gavin Reid
Computer Security Incident Response, Cisco Systems

Mr. Jaan Priisalu 

Director, Estonian Information System's Authority

Pre-Lunch Speaker

Ms. Melissa Hathaway
President, Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC
Former Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace, National Security Council

Lunch Speakers

Dr. Stephen Crocker
Chairman of the Board, ICANN

Mr. Robert Butler
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, DoD

Mr. Khoo Boon Hui
President, INTERPOL

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To view video from the conference click on the links below.

To view transcripts of the conference click on the links below.

To read full transcripts of the 2012 conference and expert articles on the subject, as featured in the special edition of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, visit the Journal's website.