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Jun 25

Washington, DC

National Press Club

Experts Converge at National Press Club on Cyber & Economic Security

Security Innovation Network hosts government, technology, and entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S.

On the heels of the Obama administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review, calling for public-private sector collaboration, former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell will be joined by leaders from government, academia, technology, and the venture capital community to address the importance of innovation to U.S. cyber and economic security.

The June 25th event, "Bridging the Gaps in Our Nation's Cyber Security: Connecting Leadership, Policy, and Innovation,” is being hosted by the Security Innovation Network (SINET), a non-profit founded to advance innovation through collaboration, supported by the Department of Homeland Security S&T and seed funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

With U.S. innovation on the decline, experts will make recommendations for government–entrepreneurial partnership for spurring the development of new technologies to bolster national cyber defense, and to reinvigorate U.S. economic growth.

The panels and participants include:

Report from the Front Lines – a Non-'Beltway' Perspective

Moderated by the National Security Agency (NSA), Chief Information Security Officers from some of the largest corporate targets including Intuit, eBay and Heartland Payment Systems share their concerns and challenges on the cyber threats confronting their organizations, and efforts to gain the asymmetrical advantage over cyber adversaries. Opportunities and challenges in working with and sharing information with the Federal Government and the importance of advancing innovation into our nation’s critical infrastructures will be addressed.

Panel Chair: Tony Sager – Chief Vulnerability Analysis & Operations Group, NSA
Dave Cullinane – CISO, eBay
Steve Elefant – Executive Director End to End Encryption, Heartland Payment Systems
Jerry Archer – CISO, Intuit

The Innovation Crisis in America — Implications for Cyber Security

The global financial crisis has exacerbated long-term negative trends undermining the foundations of America’s economic growth engine. Declining spending on basic research by the U.S. Government and universities, reduced corporate R&D expenditures, and systemic risks to the integrity of the venture capital growth engine are converging to undermine the development of cutting edge future solutions needed to protect our country’s cyber security, with implications for compromised economic growth and national security.

Panel Chair: Pascal Levensohn – Founder & Managing Partner, Levensohn Venture Partners
Dave Robbins – CEO, Bigfix
Bob Ackerman – Managing Director & Co-Founder, Allegis Capital
Randy H. Katz – United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor, EE & Computer Science Department UC Berkeley

Advancing Innovation through Collaboration – Bridging the Gap Between Entrepreneurs and Government

Without waiting for a perfect, all or nothing approach to cyber security, reasonable and achievable steps to accelerate the introduction of innovative technologies into our government and industry IT operating systems can be taken. Speakers will address the vital role of innovation, and how progressive policy initiatives can unite the innovators and entrepreneurs with government, research, and venture capital communities for expedited development and absorption of cyber solutions.

Panel Chair: Robert Rodriguez – Chairman, Security Innovation Network
John Weinschenk – CEO, Cenzic
Dr. Douglas Maughan – Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, S&T
Dr. Jim Finley – CEO, The Finley Group, Former Deputy Under Secretary Defense, Acquisition & Technology, Dept. of Defense
Dave Bryan – EVP, ManTech International Corporation, Defense Systems Group (Major General, US Army, Retired)

For a detailed agenda and to register: http://security-innovation.org/npce-overview.htm

This first-in-Washington, DC event at the National Press Club is limited to 200 attendees.

Registration 1:00 p.m. Panels 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

About The Security Innovation Network:

The Security Innovation Network (SINET), is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization bridging the knowledge and cultural gaps between entrepreneurs, policy-makers, VCs, researchers, academics and private industry. Its annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum, mostly recently held March 18th at Stanford University and keynoted by NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, has become a ‘must attend’ conduit for advancing innovation through collaboration.

SINET was founded by Robert D. Rodriguez, a former Secret Service Special Agent who served on several Presidential details and oversaw the development of one of the first electronic crimes taskforces, and a CSO Magazine 2009 Compass Leader Award recipient. SINET has become a catalyst, connecting individuals and organizations involved with the technical, strategic, legal, economic, and policy aspects of cyber. It has built a community of thought leaders in positions of influence who are seeking to collaborate as a single strategic ecosystem to form a unified approach to cyber security.

More information about the Security Innovation Network can be found at:


Cost: Registration $75, Government employees $45

Contact Name: Joel Greenberg

ph: 202-363-1065 email: [email protected]

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