The EastWest Institute is hosting the First International Cybersecurity Summit from May 3rd to May 5th in Dallas, Texas, and we recently spoke to Lt. Gen Harry Raduege, chairman of Deloitte’s Center for Cyber Innovation about why an international dialogue on this issue is so important, and why you should consider attending.
ExecutiveBiz: Why is international dialogue on cybersecurity so important?
Gen. Raduege: Cybersecurity issues flow seamlessly across international borders; thus, international dialogue is critical. Whether we’re working toward peaceful coexistence on the Internet, fighting syndicated cybercrime, addressing the potential of cyber terrorism, or a myriad of other issues, international relationships and discussion are essential.
ExecutiveBiz: What do you hope to accomplish by hosting the First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit?
Gen. Raduege: Our first EastWest Institute Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will take a major step in establishing international dialogue. In fact, this Summit will identify the “Cyber 40” nations – those with the broadest, most powerful cyber capabilities along with those with the greatest dependence on smoothly functioning digital infrastructures.
ExecutiveBiz: Who’s planning on attending the summit?
Gen. Raduege: Senior international leaders from both government and industry will be attending this Summit. Cybersecurity leadership must start with commitment from the top and we’re witnessing tremendous response across the global community.
ExecutiveBiz: Which countries aren’t sending representatives?
Gen. Raduege: At this point we are still receiving new applications. The importance of this Summit is just reaching and being realized by top government and industry leaders in many countries. Many are just learning about this significant opportunity through ambassadorial channels and the interest that has been generated.
ExecutiveBiz: What obstacles (if any) do you think might impede dialogue at the summit?
Gen. Raduege: Since this is a first-of-a-kind summit, all participants will learn a lot from the collective dialogue and individual positions expressed on important international cybersecurity matters. The dialogue this year will set the stage for additional work during the year and also will help establish the agenda for next year’s Summit which will take place in London.