18th Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference Keynote


18th New York State Cyber Security Conference

10th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance

June 2 - 3, 2015

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

Keynote - Day One

Cyber Security End-to-End: What Each of Us Can Do Now

Jane Holl Lute, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security will present an engaging keynote that dispels the myth that cyberspace is the "Wild Wild West," but rather an environment over which we can exert significant influence.  She will challenge the audience to see the powerful role each individual plays in our collective cybersecurity ecosystem, and to understand that improving cybersecurity is within our reach.  Ms. Lute will discuss how the adoption of foundational cyber hygiene measures will result in immediate and measurable protections against the vast majority of cyber attacks and incidents.

Ms. Lute serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cybersecurity readiness and response for the public and private sectors.  Ms. Lute most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on CyberSecurity, an independent, expert organization dedicated to the security of an open Internet. Prior to joining CIS, Ms. Lute served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  As the DHS chief operating officer, Ms. Lute was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department's efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation's borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation's cybersecurity.

From 2003-2009, Ms. Lute served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and established the Department of Field Support, responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to UN peace operations worldwide, including rapid-response efforts in support of development and humanitarian operations and crises.  Ms. Lute also served as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, responsible for coordinating efforts on behalf of the Secretary General to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict.

Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Lute was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund.  From 1994-2000, she worked with David A. Hamburg, former president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Cyrus Vance, former U.S. Secretary of State, on the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, a global initiative that pioneered the cause of conflict prevention.

Ms. Lute served on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army, including service in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.



Keynote - Day Two

Whose Job is it to Solve the Cybersecurity Problem?

Bruce McConnell, Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute

Most organizations believe that in cyberspace, offense wins, and that cyber defenders are doomed to remain forever in reactive mode. While everyone says "cybersecurity is a shared responsibility," the roles of individuals, the larger community, and governments are not agreed. How do we get out of this hole?

Bruce McConnell leads EWI's relationship-building with government and businesses around the world. He also manages the institute's Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.

Beginning in 2009, McConnell was a leader of the cybersecurity mission at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He became Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity in 2013, and responsible for ensuring the cybersecurity of all federal civilian agencies and for helping the owners and operators of the most critical U.S. infrastructure protect themselves from growing cyber threats. During his tenure, McConnell was instrumental in building the national and international credibility of DHS as a trustworthy partner that relies on transparency and collaboration to protect privacy and enhance security.

Before DHS, McConnell served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, working on open government and technology issues. From 2000-2008 he created, built, and sold McConnell International and Government Futures, consultancies that provided strategic and tactical advice to clients in technology, business and government markets. From 2005-2008, he served on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

From 1999-2000, McConnell was Director of the International Y2K Cooperation Center, sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank, where he coordinated regional and global preparations of governments and critical private sector organizations to successfully defeat the Y2K bug.  McConnell was Chief of Information Policy and Technology in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1993-1999.

McConnell is also a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School for Public Policy at the University of Washington, where he maintains a faculty affiliation, and a Bachelor of Sciences from Stanford University.