Agenda at-a-glance

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THE WEAPONIZATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Peter Singer | Strategist | New America

Author Peter Singer will discuss key findings in his book:  LIKEWAR. He will explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.

emerging risks
william Evanina | Director | National Counterintelligence & security Center
brian harrell | Assistant Director | DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Who better to join us in a discussion of the brutal truths of our global emerging risk situation then Bill Evanina whose interview by Lynn Mattice was one of the most engaging of last year’s forum? Brian Harrell joins in to discuss emerging risks on the domestic front.

the future of security: the risks and the opportunities that emerging technology will bring

Leading technology executives will join us for a panel discussion that will explore what it means to create an intelligent platform to manage risk and to manage the growing opportunities of cross over value of the security technology infrastructure. As well, they will provide a glimpse of what is around the corner that cannot be ignored.

executive case studies

This year we have reached out to our Security Executive Community who have provided case studies on the front of mind issues that are facing organizations. We had an overwhelming response and chose the following:

Protecting Intellectual Property in Hostile Environments
Tom Moyer | Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Security | Apple

One of the most innovative companies in the world is also the most attacked. And like most of us, there weakest point can be the intentional or unintentional act of an employee. Protecting a company’s Intellectual Property becomes even more complicated when State Sponsored efforts target IP theft from a particular company or industry to further the goals of that country. This will provide our community a first-hand look at the problem and the attempts at a working risk mitigation strategy and plan. Click to learn more.

Truth Decay and the Diminishing Reliance on Facts and Analysis
Jennifer Kavanagh | Senior Political Scientist | RAND Corporation

Over the past two decades, political and civil discourse at the national level in the United States has been characterized by "Truth Decay," defined as a set of four interrelated trends: an increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data; a blurring of the line between opinion and fact; an increase in the relative volume, and resulting influence, of opinion and personal experience over fact; and declining trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. These trends have many causes, but work and narrative video focuses on four: characteristics of human cognitive processing, such as cognitive bias; changes in the information system, including social media and the 24-hour news cycle; competing demands on the education system that challenge its ability to provide students with the skills they need to critically evaluate information; and polarization, both political and demographic. The most-damaging consequences of Truth Decay include the erosion of civil discourse, political paralysis, alienation and disengagement of individuals from political and civic institutions, and uncertainty over national policy.

Millennials Views of Security and Why it Matters
Marek N. Posard, Ph.D | Associate Social Scientist | RAND Corporation

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, baby boomers officially constitute their own generation because of the unprecedented increase in birth rates after World War II. Other groups, including millennials and Generation X, are not as readily definable as generations. So, when Posard and his colleagues analyzed 1,600 American Life Panel survey responses to questions about perceptions of personal and national security, they knew they would have to look at the data from multiple angles. The results give rich insights into the current thinking of each generation.

Lessons Learned within an Active Shooter Exercise
Dr. Stephen Flynn | Founder and Executive Director | Global ResiliencE Institute at Northeastern University

Northeastern University’s Global Resiliency Institute joined the Massachusetts State Police and the Transportation Security Administration, along with a myriad of other agencies to conduct a large scale active shooter exercise at Logan International Airport in Boston.  Dr. Flynn will cover a broad range of lessons learned that resulted from this large scale exercise which can be of great value to attendees in the analysis of how these lessons learned can be applied to their own active shooter programs.

In 2016, the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University approved the launch of the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) as a major initiative to support the university’s 2025 strategic plan. Underwritten with a significant internal investment, GRI has over 20 full-time staff; nearly 100 faculty affiliates from all 9 of Northeastern’ s colleges including the College of Engineering, College of Computer and Information Science, Business School, Law School, and College of Social Sciences and Humanities; and 18 eminent practitioners who serve as distinguished senior fellows. The Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) includes participation of 20 universities and research institutes from 14 countries around the world. This collaborative research and educational community share a common commitment to work in close partnership with industry and public entities in developing and deploying practical tools, applications, and skills that bolster the resilience of individuals, communities, critical systems and networks, and societies.

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