The Honorable Michael Chertoff on Balancing Security and Innovation in Our Global Digital Economy

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The Honorable Michael ChertoffA lecture by The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

The singular characteristic that defines our global cyber network is its universality. It is the Internet’s ability to make information available instantly on a global scale which has enabled critical communications and services essential to our way of life. Of course, what makes the Internet free and open also invites unprecedented risk and vulnerability. 

In his lecture, Michael Chertoff will address the key decisions we face today on how best to govern and secure the Internet without creating barriers that will diminish its significant benefits. He will explore important public policy issues including lawful access to data, the use of encryption, means to strengthen security while enhancing privacy and the need for international cooperation in today’s digital domain.

The Honorable Michael Chertoff served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2005 to 2009, where he led the federal government’s efforts to protect the U.S. from a wide range of security threats, including blocking would-be terrorists from crossing the U.S. border or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed the Federal Emergency Management Agency into an effective organisation following Hurricane Katrina. Before leading DHS, he served as a federal judge on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Previously, he was head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division where he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organised crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr Chertoff is Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, risk management, and merger and acquisition advisory services for clients in the security, defence and government services industries.

A sandwich lunch will be available from 1215.

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