Week in DC: Events 3.21-23.2016

Monday, March 21, 2016
Cybersecurity & Innovation: It’s The States, Stupid – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 11am-noon
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)
Second term Governor John Hickenlooper will give a special talk about efforts in Colorado to address a rise in cyber threats while also driving innovation and creating jobs. As Federal support for cyber incidents begins to focus on the most high-level targets, leaving states and their businesses and non-profits to fend for themselves in the event of a breach, new solutions are necessary. The Governor will describe his state’s initiatives, including a new National Cyber Intelligence Center, which will provide training, incident response and serve as a resource for business, non-government organizations, and Colorado government officials. Why does it matter and what will it do? Speakers: The Honorable John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center

A Global Reality Check On Nuclear Security– Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
Much progress has been made in recent years to prevent the theft of weapons-useable nuclear material around the world, but some of these materials remain dangerously vulnerable. At a time of rising risk from the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other groups, governments must redouble their efforts to prevent nuclear weapons from getting into the hands of terrorists. Ahead of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, a new report presents a stark choice: will the world recommit to continuous improvement in strengthening nuclear security, or will efforts decline and the danger of nuclear terrorism grow? Matthew Bunn, Martin Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William Tobey of the Harvard Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom will launch the new report, Nuclear Security: A Global Reality Check. Carnegie’s Toby Dalton will moderate.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Advanced Analytics To Combat Cyber Threats- Government Executive
Time: 2pm
Location: Online
As one of the most digitally connected countries in the world, the United States is incredibly vulnerable to a range of cyber attacks. Adversaries use a variety of stealthy techniques, including sophisticated advanced persistent threats or “APT’s.” APT’s are very difficult to detect once inside a network as they employ a high degree of covertness over extended periods of time. Worse yet, they are becoming more common as the socially engineered spear phishing techniques used to initiate these attacks are becoming more personalized to human targets; spoofing even the most savvy users and allowing malware to infiltrate, obfuscate and exfiltrate your most sensitive data. CISO’s wage a 24/7 defense, working to keep potential threats out of their system while listening for those subtle system anomalies indicating they may already have an APT intruder. This Webcast explores the critical issue of how best to equip your agency with powerful cyber and big data analytics to spot even the most inconspicuous network activities and identify and isolate threats, investigate intrusions, and prevent future exploits.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
GMU SPGIA Master’s Open House 
Time: 6:30pm, 7pm Biodefense Breakout Session
Location: Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 126
We invite you to attend an open house to learn more about the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. The session will provide an overview of our master’s degree programs, an introduction to our world-class faculty and research, and highlights of the many ways we position our students for success in the classroom and beyond. Our admissions and student services staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Biodefense information session can also be attended virtually – here! 

Will There Be Water Wars?– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 5:30-8pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Rome Building1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
Room: 806
Mark Giordano is Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs, and Associate Professor of Environment and Energy in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining Georgetown, he was Director of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Broader Implications Of Apple Vs. The FBI For Cyber Security And Privacy-  George Washington Law
Time: 12-2pm
Location: The George Washington University Law School2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 (map)
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Is the legal battle about Apple writing code to bypass its operating system’s security features and allow the FBI to try a brute force attack to crack the encryption used in a terrorist’s phone really just a one-time exception or does it open up Pandora’s box? Some have seen implications for the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 13th amendments in how this dispute plays out. Is the Constitution able to handle this type of question or is a new law (or even a Constitutional Amendment) needed? Join the Global Internet Freedom and Human Right Project as they examine these and related questions with some of the best minds in cyber law and policy.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Dean’s Discussion: Thomas Pickering– American University School of International Service
Time: 3-4pm
Location: American University4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 (map)
Thomas Pickering, currently Vice Chairman at Hills and Company, retired as Senior Vice President International Relations and a member of the Executive Council of The Boeing Company in July 2006. He served in that position for  and one half years. Pickering joined Boeing in January 2001, upon his retirement as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, where he had served since May 1997.
Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York. Pickering entered on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959, and alter served in the Naval Reserve to the grade of Lieutenant Commander. Between 1959 and 1961, he was assigned to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department and later to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. RSVP

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