Foreign and Security Policy

Through Cyber Security and the Law, the French-American Foundation examines emerging cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context. This initiative builds on the earlier work of the French-American Defense Symposia (1996-2013), which provided a unique forum for senior military and government leaders to discuss key defense issues.

 2015 Cyber Security and the Law Report

* Cyber Security and the Law

As challenges related to cyber security emerge as an ever-greater priority in France and the United States, for the past two years, the French-American Foundation has organized an annual international working group in Washington, D.C. on Cyber Security and the Law. Held under the patronage of INTERPOL and the French Minister of the Interior and with the support of the International Forum on Technology & Security for a Safer World (FITS), this high-level international forum has brought together European and U.S. government officials, leaders of industry, and other experts for frank and targeted discussions.

2016 - The Terrorist Threat

This year’s conference will examine different aspects of the terrorist threat and violent extremist groups’ ability to leverage digital tools. This invitation-only event will take place in Washington, D.C. on September 15-16. For more information, please contact Chrissa LaPorte at

2015 - Managing Cyber Risk

Read the summary report here

The 2015 forum brought together approximately 50 European and U.S. government officials, leaders of industry, and internationally-recognized security and insurance professionals and experts to discuss the changing dimensions of cyber threats and cyber criminality, as well as methods to mitigate liability exposure for cyber security breaches.

Notable participants included:

  • John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Michael Chertoff, Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group, and Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Guillaume Poupard, Director General, French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI)
  • David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Anne Neuberger, Chief Risk Officer, National Security Agency
  • Gregory J. Touhill, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • John Frank, Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO, CrowdStrike Inc.
  • Bruce McConnell, Senior Vice President, EastWest Institute

2014 - Bringing Cyber Criminals to Justice

In 2014, the French-American Foundation organized an inaugural forum on cyber security and the growing worldwide challenge of cyber crime.

Featured speakers included:

  • Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
  • General Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
  • Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cyber Security Coordinator, National Security Council
  • Michael Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Rob Wainwright, Director, EUROPOL.

Articles on the 2014 Cyber Security and the Law forum: 

* French-American Defense Symposium on Cyber Security

Cyber Security and the Law builds directly upon the Foundation's 2012 and 2013 Defense Symposia on Cyber Security, organized in partnership with the French Joint Staff. These Symposia provided a unique forum for senior military and government leaders, experts, and industry representatives to discuss emerging cyber security challenges in the military sphere.

Since its inception in 1996, the French-American Defense Symposium served as a major bilateral forum for senior military leaders and civilian officials to meet informally to exchange views on key defense issues.

Click here to learn more about the previous French-American Defense symposia.