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Contact: Chriss Swaney
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For immediate release:
October 3, 2001

Carnegie Mellon To Host Cybersecurity Brainstorming Series in Washington, D.C.

PITTSBURGH–Carnegie Mellon joins the Washington D.C.-based AEI-Brookings Joint center on Regulatory Affairs to host an invitation only brainstorming series for leading policy makers and technologists about shaping the national strategy for cybersecurity. The series will begin Oct. 4 with Alan Paller, research director for the System Administration, Networking and Security Institute and Capt. Marcus Sachs of the Department of Defense Joint Task Force Computer Network Operations. They will lead the discussion about emerging threats to cybersecurity. Heinz School Dean Jeffrey Hunker, formerly the National Security Council Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure under the Clinton Administration, will be the series moderator. At the NSC, Hunker developed the first-ever national strategy for cyber-security and protection of critical information systems, the Internet and computer systems. Hunker said the series is designed as a brainstorming session for leading academics, industry and political leaders as the country seeks to better defend itself against the threat of cyberterriorism. The series will feature discussion about the responsibility of software developers in network security, risk management and dealing with cyber-attacks. A recent report by the General Accounting Office said that terrorists or hostile foreign states could launch computer-based attacks on critical systems to severely damage or disrupt national defense or other critical operations or steal sensitive data. The GAO report also said that likely targets include the nation's communications system, banks, financial markets, water supplies, transportation and emergency services. Participants will create several white paper reports from the various sessions for external distribution. Participants also will discuss how such attacks could exploit weaknesses in computer software or the increasingly complex web of wires and routers that supports the Internet. The series is scheduled to run through June 2002.


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