Israel-US Cybersecurity Conference

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Date(s) - Monday, March 20, 2017 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
All Day

American University School of International Service Abramson Family Founders Room


“Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: U.S.-Israel Perspectives” Conference
March 20-21, 2017

Presented by

American University in Partnership with
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)

Monday, March 20:
7:30 P.M. Keynote Address: Prof. Yuval Elovici, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev TOPIC: “The Internet of Things: The New Frontier of Cyber-Conflict”

Prof. Yuval Elovici, a member of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, is the director of the University’s Cyber Security Research Center. He is also the director of the of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories at BGU, a ten-year collaboration between Deutsche Telekom and BGU focusing on mobile data protection. Prof. Elovici is involved in the establishment of CyberSpark, a national cyber complex in Beer-Sheva that is a coordinating body for cyber industry activities between government agencies, the public and academia. He also serves as a cyber security consultant to the private sector. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer and electrical engineering from BGU, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Tel-Aviv University. His main areas of research include computer and network security, cyber security, web intelligence, information warfare, social network analysis and machine learning.

LOCATION: American University SIS Building Abramson Family Founder’s Room.
Tuesday, March 21:

8:00 A.M-5:00 P.M. LOCATION: Washington College of Law, Claudio Grossman Hall
4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Hear some of the foremost U.S. and Israeli cybersecurity experts, brought together in this unique forum. The conference will explore cutting-edge U.S.-Israel cyber policy issues involving national security, crime, human rights, and the digital economy, in a series of four expert panels.  Topics to be discussed include active cyber military operations, internet freedom, cyber-theft and technological capabilities.  Each panel will explore the responsibilities of various governmental agencies as well as the roles of the private sector and the public in each country.

8:00-9:00 A.M.  Networking Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15 A.M.  Welcome and Greetings

9:15-10:45 A.M.  Cybersecurity and Human Rights
• Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor, WCL, American University and former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
• Eldar Haber, University of Haifa
• Michael Nelson, Cloudfare, Inc.
• Gabe Rottman, Deputy Director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
• Moderator: Laura DeNardis,  American University

10:45-11:00 A.M. Break

11:00 A.M. -12:30 P.M. The Cybersecurity Industry
• Eli Ben-Meir, Cygov
• Yuval Elovici, Director, Cyber Security Research Center and Prof.Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
• Stephen Thomas, Vice President, Sales & Operations, Cyberbit
• Moderator: Erran Carmel, American University

12:30-1:30 P.M. Lunch and Keynote
• Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), author of The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act (H.R. 612) – (Invited)

1:30-3:00 P.M. Cyber-theft Prevention and Response
• Rebekah Lewis, Deputy Director, Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center
• Jonathan Meyer, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton (formerly Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security)
• Ran Nahmias, Head of Threat Prevention, Americas, Check Point Software Technologies
• Eric Wenger, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy, Cisco
• Moderator: Melanie Teplinsky , Washington College of Law

3:00-3:15 P.M. Break

3:15-4:45 P.M.  Cybersecurity and National Security Policies – The U.S. and Israel
• Israel National Cyber Directorate, Embassy of Israel
• Camille Stewart, Former Senior Policy Advisor, International Cyber & Critical Infrastructure, US Department of Homeland Security
• Lior Tabansky, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Centre, University of Tel Aviv
• Moderator: Eric Novotny, U.S. State Department and AU School of International Service
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