May 10, 2024
12:00 PM ET

A Conversation on Critical Cyber Security Challenges with Chris Inglis


Rejoignez-nous on Friday, May 10th at 12:00 PM ET for a Cyber Security webinar on critical cyber security challenges. The French-American Foundation–United States is honored to welcome Chris Inglis, Former United States National Cyber Director, and moderator Cara LaPointe, PhD, Young Leader ’16 and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

Building on the French-American Foundation’s longstanding commitment to advancing transatlantic dialogue on cyber security-related issues, our webinar series complements the Foundation’s annual two-day Cyber Security Conference in December. These webinars are open to the public and engage high-level American and French experts in conversations on today’s most pressing cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context. This event is free and open to the public.


About the Speakers:

Chris Inglis
Former United States National Cyber Director

From 2021 to 2023 Mr. Inglis served in the White House as the inaugural Senate confirmed U.S. National Cyber Director, building on his service as a Commissioner on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission (2019-2020) and eight years as the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Agency (2006-2014).

During the period 2014 – 2021, he served as the Looker Professor of Cyber Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a managing director at Paladin Capital, as a member of the Department of Defense Science Board, as a member of the U.S. Strategic Command Advisory Board, as a member of the Penn State Advanced Research Lab advisory board, as a Trustee of the National Intelligence University, and as a member of several private and public Boards of Directors, to include ANSER, FedEx, Huntington Bank, SECURONIX, Trinity Cyber Solutions, Blackpoint, and ELBIT. He currently serves on the Boards of AIG and Huntington bank, and as a member of the U.S. Navy Science and Technology Board, and the CISA Advisory Council.

Mr. Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, the Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. He holds an honorary Doctorate from the National Intelligence University and has served on the faculties of both the U.S. Naval and Military (West Point) Academies. Mr. Inglis’ military career includes 30 years of service in the US Air Force and Air National Guard — from which he retired as a Brigadier General. He holds the rating of USAF Command Pilot and has been designated as a Distinguished Eagle Scout (2010) and a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2019).


Cara LaPointe, PhD (Young Leader 2016)
Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University

Dr. Cara LaPointe is an adjunct professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is a futurist who focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, ethics, and leadership. Previously, she served as the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy, which works to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. During more than two decades in the United States Navy, LaPointe held numerous roles in areas including digital transformation, autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design, naval force architecture, and unmanned vehicle technology integration. At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Lab, she conducted research in underwater robotics, developing sensor fusion algorithms for deep-ocean autonomous underwater vehicle navigation. LaPointe was previously a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, where she created the “Blockchain Ethical Design Framework” as a tool to drive social impact and ethics into blockchain technology. She has served as an advisor to multiple global emerging technology initiatives, including at the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

LaPointe is a patented engineer, a White House Fellow, and a French-American Foundation Young Leader. She served in the White House Office under three presidential administration, both as the interim director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and, most recently, as a Senior Advisor within the White House for the Biden-Harris administration. LaPointe holds a Doctor of Philosophy, awarded jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, a Master of Science and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.