December 13, 2023
On December 6th and 7th, the French-American Foundation hosted its 10th Annual French-American Cyber Security Conference in Washington, D.C. In a joint effort with our sister organization, the French-American Foundation—France, we convened at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP for two days of in-depth conversations focused on the topic of “The Impact of Emerging Technologies in a Dynamic Geopolitical and Cyber Security Global Landscape.” This year’s conference was the largest in the Foundation’s history, with over 100 cyber security experts from both sides of the Atlantic in attendance to discuss current events and cyber security developments.
The conference opened with remarks from Ambassador Laurent Bili, French Ambassador to the United States, General (ret.) Jean-Paul Paloméros, President of the French-American Cyber Steering Committee and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and Edward C. Wallace, Chair of the French-American Foundation—United States and New York City Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The opening day of the program featured panels focused on topics such as the rapid evolution of generative AI, the opportunities and threats faced by blockchain, and space as both a collaborative and competitive frontier. Attendees were able to participate in smaller, more intimate breakout discussions during lunch, each exploring different cyber security areas, including the security challenges facing global aerospace leaders, the role of policy in a dynamic cyber crime landscape, the role of decentralized trust in cyber security, and tech innovation and regulation. Day one sessions concluded with a beautiful evening cocktail reception at the French Ambassador’s Residence to celebrate a decade of the French-American Cyber Security Conference.
The second day of the program featured panels and keynote presentations on subjects such as quantum and quantum-resilient encryption, the security of communication networks, national cyber strategies in both the United States and France, and geopolitical and transatlantic cooperation in cyber security. Closing remarks were delivered virtually by Anne Neuberger (U.S. Young Leader ’15), Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies for the National Security Council at the White House. Attendees had the opportunity to share their takeaways from the two-day conference during a lively final session.
The French-American Foundation is especially grateful to our phenomenal panelists and attendees, Ambassador Laurent Bili and the team at the Embassy of France to the United States, Edward C. Wallace, and to our hosting sponsor Greenberg Traurig, LLP and their incredible team in Washington, D.C. Thank you for making the 10th edition of the French-American Cyber Conference an outstanding success!