The rain, thankfully, held off for the opening reception of this year’s TPI Aspen Forum.
After short remarks from TPI President Tom Lenard, a the Sunday night reception featured a timely discussion with Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator, and Alan Raul from Sidley Austin.
After Alan Raul assured the crowd that “sometimes a computer glitch is just a computer glitch,” referring to the breakdown of air traffic control on the east coast Saturday, the two discussed a broad range of issues concerning cybersecurity.
Topics discussed included: the tools available to the U.S. government to respond to threats, the experience of government agencies with cybersecurity vs. the private sector, recent cybersecurity legislation, and the role of the U.S. in leading international cybersecurity efforts in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks.
Daniel’s final predictions for the evening? He noted that the many successes concerning U.S. cybersecurity happen in the dark, un-reported and un-noticed. Additionally, he is optimistic that the U.S. can tackle the cybersecurity issue. However, it’s going to look worse before it gets better because they are more actively looking for threats.
Highlights of today’s panels and keynotes will be coming soon.