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U.S. Cybersecurity Threats and Responses Conference

July 19, 2012

Over the past several years, both state and non-state actors have demonstrated the ability to maliciously attack other countries’ electronic infrastructure through cyber attacks.  The U.S. Department of Defense computer systems have been hacked by foreign intruders, Russia has attacked Georgian and Estonian computer systems, and the Chinese have penetrated private sector U.S. defense firms.

It is imperative that Congress and the White House move decisively to ensure not only that resources are in place to counter the mounting cyber threats confronting the United States, but that there is a clearly defined plan for oversight and response to cyber crimes and attacks. AFPC is hosting a conference on Capitol Hill with a panel that will address state and non-state cyberthreats to U.S. national security and a response panel which outlines how well the U.S. is prepared for cyber attacks and details areas for improvement.   

WHEN:   Thursday, July 19, 2012

   2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


WHERE:   2261 Rayburn House Office Building

    Light refreshments will be served free of charge. RSVP is required; please contact:  or call 202-543-1006


          Rich Harrison

          Research Fellow and Program Officer, American Foreign Policy Council



          Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX)

          Co-Chairman & Co-founder, Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus 


SPEECH:  The Iranian Cyber Threat to U.S. National Security

          Mr. Ilan Berman

          Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council


SPEECH: The Chinese Cyber Threat to U.S. National Security

          Dr. Larry M. Wortzel

          Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission


SPEECH: The Russian Cyber Threat to U.S. National Security

          Amb. David J. Smith

          Director, Potomac Institute Cyber Center


SPEECH: Responding to Cyber Threats

          Dr. Abraham R. Wagner

          Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


SPEECH:  Responding to Cyber Threats 

          Mr. Frank Cilluffo

          Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

          Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, White House



          Rich Harrison

          Research Fellow and Progam Officer, American Foreign Policy Council


About AFPC
For three decades, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) has played an important role in the U.S. foreign policy debate. Founded in 1982, AFPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States. AFPC is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on issues of foreign policy, and works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and the policymaking community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy, and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.