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Date and Location

April 7, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST

Contact

617-496-6790

The Belfer Center's Intelligence and Cyber Projects will co-host a discussion on international cooperation on securing supply chain vulnerabilities and 5G issues on Wednesday, April 7th from 10:00am-12:15pm.

This event will be open to the public. Advance registration for both sessions is required. 

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The recent SolarWinds software attack, the debate over Huawei in global 5G networks, and the rise of the Internet of Things makes it increasingly apparent that the international supply chain is enormously vulnerable to attacks by foreign adversaries seeking to subvert and disrupt the critical infrastructure that makes up the backbone of democratic societies.  

In a world were financial stability, energy supply, and communications reliability depends on a largely hidden ecosystem of devices, connections, and systems, it is necessary for us to better understand how these foundations of modern life and commerce can be exploited and undermined by adversaries. An insecure supply chain introduces insidious, pervasive risk.

One thing is for certain -- successfully securing the international supply chain in the digital era will require new methods of cooperation and communications amongst and between partners. When it comes to international and private sector cooperation, what is working and what needs to improve? Can we identify new ways in which partners could work together in this evolving tech environment?

In this two-part seminar, leaders from the U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian intelligence and cyber security communities will examine the challenges to national and international security posed by supply chain vulnerabilities and 5G competition, and provide insights on ways to mitigate these threats.  

10:00-11:00AM SESSION ONE: International Cooperation & the Supply Chain

Panelists: 

  • Mr. Michael Orlando, Acting Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, USA
  • Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director, National Cybersecurity Centre, UK
  • Mr. Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Canada
  • Mr. Brendan Dowling, Minister Counsellor Home Affairs, Regional Director for the Americas, Australia

Moderated by Ms. Lauren Zaberiek

The first session will focus on understanding and securing the supply chains for emerging technologies, focusing specifically on how supply chain vulnerabilities adversely impact the health, energy, manufacturing, and IT/communications sectors. The panelists will also discuss the importance of international partnerships in reducing threats to the supply chain and provide insights into the cooperation efforts that are required to ensure a secure future. 

Questions that will be addressed include:

  • What do we mean when we say 'supply chain'? What are some examples across the board?
  • What are the primary threats to critical global supply chains?
  • How are foreign adversaries targeting and exploiting these critical supply chains?
  • What specific actions should organizations take to secure their supply chains?
  • What is the significance of the recent SolarWinds attack and other massive breaches of government and industry systems?
  • How can the government work with the private sector to secure supply chains? Should we offer incentives to the private sector to increase security, such as legislation?  
  • Should a company's valuation be tied to their security, especially in the defense industrial base?
  • How can the international community work together to secure supply chains? Can you point to successes and failures in international cooperation? 
  • What are the impediments to cooperation? Are there any examples of successful partnerships?

11:00-11:15AM BREAK. SIGN IN WITH NEW LINK. 11:15AM-12:15PM SESSION TWO: What’s Next for 5G?

Panelists: 

  • The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
  • Sir David Omand, Former Director of GCHQ
  • The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 

Moderated by Mr. Paul Kolbe and Ms. Caitlin Chase 

Led by U.S. and U.K intelligence leaders, the second session will examine the current and evolving threat from China, what 5G means for security and intelligence operations, how to ensure security over and through compromised networks, and what cooperation is possible and necessary among Western allies.

Questions that will be addressed include:

  • What are the supply chain vulnerabilities associated with 5G-enabled technologies?
  • What sort of international cooperation is required for partner countries to adequately secure their 5G networks?
  • What are the legislative and legal concerns related to 5G technologies?
  • In the event that China successfully controls a portion of or all of the 5G backbone, how can countries mitigate the risks associated with such vulnerabilities?
  • The majority of the 5G discussion is focused, understandably, on China and Huawei, but what about non-China risks and vulnerabilities related to the 5G rollout such as Russia and others?

Speakers and Presenters

Mr. Michael Orlando, Acting Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, USA

Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director, National Cybersecurity Centre, UK

Mr. Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Canada

Mr. Brendan Dowling, Minister Counsellor Home Affairs, Regional Director for the Americas, Australia

The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Sir David Omand, Former Director of GCHQ

The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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