As the global community continues to grapple with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Atlantic Council is open for business. Our business, meetings, and events, however, are occurring virtually. For more information, please read an update from our President and CEO.

The Australian government recently released the Australian Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel report, which focuses on recommendations to strengthen public/private collaboration on critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Specifically, the report looks at distributed risk and how one of the biggest challenges for owners and operators of critical infrastructure is that their cybersecurity and geopolitical risk depends on others (a cloud vendor, a foreign technology supplier, a counterpart in a neighboring country) and not solely themselves – making cooperation a necessity, not a choice. 

To further this conversation, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft and Asia Security Initiatives under the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security invite you to join us for a virtual discussion, “Critical partnerships for critical infrastructure – Cybersecurity for the next decade” on Tuesday, October 6 from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The conversation will focus on this recently released report, and how governments can find new ways to support private sector efforts on cybersecurity.

In doing so it will address the following questions: What cybersecurity challenges and partnerships are critical for the next decade?  What are key lessons for the US and Australian cyber policy communities to learn from each other? What insights does this Advisory Panel report hold regarding opportunities for coordination and cooperation among private-sector actors? How should the state and private sector collaborate to secure what is or will become critical infrastructure? 


Opening remarks

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Strategy discussion with

The Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen
Former Secretary of Homeland Security
US Department of Homeland Security

Andrew Penn
Chief Executive Officer

Moderated by

Brett Winterford
Risky Business

Distributed risk in critical infrastructure

Kurt John
Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Siemens, USA

Alastair MacGibbon 
Former National Cyber Security Advisor & Head of Australian Cyber Security Centre
Government of Australia 

Bobbie Stempfley
Vice President and Business Security Officer

Jeanette Manfra
Global Director, Government Security and Compliance
Google Cloud

Moderated by

Trey Herr
Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Closing remarks

Trey Herr
Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.