Cyber Security

Examining cyber security challenges in a transatlantic context

The Program

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.

Last year’s conference (September 25 and 26, 2018), titled Cyber Security and Digital Identity, discussed the balance between ensuring security in cyberspace and protecting personal information and privacy. Through a series of panel and group discussions, the seminar explored topics from French and American cyber security priorities to anonymity online.

The 2019 conference took place on September 17 and 18 in Washington, DC. More details to come shortly.

Additional Events

The Cyber Security Program is integrated with other initiatives. Many of our Policy Breakfasts, Transatlantic Forums, and themes in our Young Leaders seminars touch on related subjects. Below is a list of some of our recent events:

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For more information, please contact Val Demuynck at [email protected] or Cara LaPointe at [email protected].

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