October 24, 2017
toOctober 25, 2017

Information Security and Emerging Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - Invite Only

The French-American Foundation organized its annual Cyber Security Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 24-25, 2017. Held under the patronage of INTERPOL, this year’s international forum brought together 60 French and U.S. government officials, leaders of industry, and other experts to discuss “Information Security and Emerging Technologies: Challenges & Opportunities.” To facilitate open dialogue among these high-level participants, the conference was held under the Chatham House Rule.

The conference examined the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain and how these emerging technologies can be harnessed to increase security and resilience. Conference discussions also examined the specific risks faced by connected critical systems and measures needed to protect them, including the role played by coordination between government and private actors. A panel of industry experts drawn from different industries was also convened to discuss how their companies protect their information, the complexities that they face in terms of organizational challenges, and the roots of common problems (such as inadequate employee training or poor software development practices). The conference closed with a discussion of regulation and international norms, and how private companies manage and assess cyber risk in a changing geopolitical landscape.

A report will shortly be published presenting the conference’s main conclusions.

For more information, please contact Chrissa LaPorte at claporte@frenchamerican.org


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