Every key player in America's future — from top executives and lawmakers to workers powered by mobile devices and utility grids — is keystrokes away from being compromised by a hacker. As November's election draws near, it's an issue that's dominated dialogues between presidential candidates and among the world's most valuable companies.
Recognizing that combating cyberthreats has become mission critical for America's economy, The Aspen Institute, CNBC and MIT have created a new conference to unite business leaders with public and private-sector leaders in security, technology and defense.
The Cambridge Cyber Summit is a one-day summit at MIT's Kresge Auditorium to discuss ways to combat urgent cyber threats and secure America's future. Participants in the first-ever series on October 5 will see interviews and live demonstrations that focus on the next wave of cyberattacks and their perpetrators, countermeasures, privacy vs. security, and the government's role in protecting private industry.
"Cybersecurity is really important. We have an internet now that's basically insecure. It's driven productivity and innovation for the past 50 years. But now, so many bad things are happening, so many hacks, the notion that our electricity grid or our electrical system can be hacked," said Walter Isaacson, President & CEO of The Aspen Institute and CNBC contributor. "This summit in Cambridge will be interesting because we're bringing together government, industry, as well as academic people to say, 'what can we do to make the internet more secure?'"
Hosted by Tyler Mathisen, of CNBC's "Power Lunch," the program will include speakers such as Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI; Etay Maor, executive security advisor at IBM; and a panel moderated by David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the The New York Times. Other speakers include heavy-hitters from the Department of the Treasury, NSA, Department of Justice, and MIT researchers.