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Cyber Diplomacy: New Tools in the Fight Against Hackers, Attackers, and Other Threats

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:00pm

Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium 215 Garden Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850

The 2017 Bartels World Affairs Fellowship Lecture features Christopher Painter '80, the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for cyber issues from 2011 until July 2017. 

In his talk, Painter will describe how cybersecurity has metamorphosed from a niche issue of interest to technical experts to a core concern for national security, economic security, human rights and foreign policy. 

He will also share an insider’s view of several international cybersecurity incidents, including the North Korean hacking of Sony Pictures, attacks on critical infrastructure, and Russian interference in democratic processes in the United States and Europe.

Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for more than 25 years. As the State Department's first cyber cooordinator, he led the country's diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable internet.

Prior to his work for the state department, Painter served in the White House as senior director for cyber policy and acting cyber coordinator in the National Security Council.

He began his federal career as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, where he led significant cybercrime prosecutions. He subsequently helped lead policy efforts in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as deputy assistant director of the F.B.I.’s Cyber Division.

Painter received his bachelor's degree in political science from Cornell in 1980 and went on to graduate from Stanford Law School.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


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Wheelchair accessible, assisted listening devices available

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