Examining cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context
The French-American Foundation has a longstanding commitment to advancing dialogue on cyber security-related topics of mutual concern for France and the United States. The Cyber Security Program comprises the annual Cyber Security Conference and relevant events in our other program initiatives that assemble leaders in military, government, industry, and academia to examine emerging cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context.
Cyber Security Conference
The French-American Foundation’s Cyber Security Conference is the flagship initiative of this program. It 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 issues in defense policy.
Taking place once a year since 2014, the Conference assembles nearly 100 cyber security experts from various backgrounds on both sides of the Atlantic at a two-day event with moderated panel discussions and networking opportunities. Each conference is designed around a specific theme in light of the most pressing concerns at the time.
Adapting to the challenges of Covid-19, the 2020 Conference was held virtually on December 1-3. The event, titled New Cyber Threats & Resilience in Critical Infrastructure, examined topics from the cyber security of remote work to cyber security responses to the pandemic.
The 2019 conference took place in Washington, DC around the theme of Emerging Cyberspace Challenges: From 5G Security Risks to Social Media Governance. Topics addressed included 5G Technologies, Social Media Manipulation, and International Cyber Security Cooperation with representatives from French & US Cybercommand, the US Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice, and more. Additional details of the 2019 conference can be found here.