Cyber Security

Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid

On April 16, 2013, the Canada Institute hosted its fourteenth Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues.  This year’s program, “Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid” assembled key stakeholders, academics, and government policy makers for an off-the-record discussion on the vital but potentially vulnerable electric grid shared by Canada and the United States. The assembled participants concluded that despite decades of cooperation more must be done to confront emerging cyber security issues in the energy sector.

Keeping the Lights On: Cyber Threats and the North American Power Grid

Attempted cyber attacks on critical infrastructure occur daily throughout the world. And the job of protecting critical infrastructure from potentially catastrophic disruptions is a 24-7 undertaking.  Leading cyber security expert Mark Fabro discusses the U.S. and Canadian efforts to protect the North American power grid.

 

 

Wilson Forum - From Cyber to Immigration, Terrorism to Disasters: Securing America in the Next Administration

On this episode of Wilson Forum U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discusses her department’s plans to protect America in the years ahead from multiple threats including cyber-crime, terrorism, immigration, and natural disasters. The event is moderated by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman.

 

Canada Institute Advisory Board Co-Chair Paul Frazer discusses the new American ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman

 

Bruce Heyman, a longtime Obama fundraiser and Chicago-based partner at the investment firm Goldman Sachs, is to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Cooperation in South America for the Promotion and Protection of Patents and Trademarks - the PROSUR Initiative

The role of intellectual property in technological development has been increasingly recognized and incorporated in national policies of South America’s leading economies. Building on a traditional of regional cooperation, six years ago the Intellectual Property offices of the  governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador , Paraguay, Peru, Suriname  and Uruguay launched a cooperative effort to jointly strengthen the quality and efficacy of national IP regimes.

On Cybersecurity, Crowdsourcing, and Social Cyber-Attack

Social media is responsible for much positive change in the world. But these new tools can be used by bad actors to foment strife and undermine stability, as seen during violent incidents in the Assam state of northeast India in July 2012. Cybersecurity efforts must take into account the growing potential for cyber-attack using social media, where hoax messages are incorporated into a stream of otherwise legitimate messages, and understand how quickly mobile apps and text services can disseminate false information.

From Cyber to Immigration, Terrorism to Disasters: Securing America in the Next Administration

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discussed her departments plans to protect America from multiple threats. This event was co-sponsored with the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group.

 

Domestic Drones & The Environment Revisited

For this encore episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we are joined by Joanne Gabrynowicz.  Professor Gabrynowicz is director of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law.  We examine privacy and other issues which arise from the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in anticipation of growing use of the technology in U.S.

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