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The George Washington University Announces Launch of Cybersecurity Initiative

The Initiative Will Provide Solutions to Cybersecurity Challenges in the Areas Such as National and International Security, Privacy and Civil Liberties
December 13, 2012

Latarsha Gatlin
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Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON—Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff along with other top national security experts will help kick off the launch of the George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative on Friday at 8 a.m. in Jack Morton Auditorium located at 805 21st Street, N.W.

The university will formally announce its new university wide initiative which will provide research-based solutions to cybersecurity challenges in the areas of national and international security, economic competitiveness, technology, privacy and civil liberties. The university plans to leverage existing efforts and capacity and build new capabilities in cybersecurity to continue GW’s leadership in this field. The Cybersecurity Initiative will serve as the catalyst for far-reaching scholarship, real-time research and in-depth discussion.

“This is the launch of a very important and exciting campus-wide initiative that brings together the many areas of strength GW has in cyber, including policy, research, and education,” said Leo Chalupa, vice president of research at GW.

The formal announcement will be followed by a panel discussion on best ways to address the nation’s cybersecurity issues. Scheduled to appear on the panel are Secretary Chertoff; Michael Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management; Howard Schmidt, former Cybersecurity Coordinator for the Obama Administration and Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report, publisher of the New York Daily News and chairman and CEO of Boston Properties, Inc.

The university initiative is led by Secretary Chertoff serving as chairman; an Internal Advisory Council of university deans, co-chaired by Dr. Chalupa and Provost Steven Lerman; and an External Advisory Council chaired by Board of Trustees member J. Richard Knop. An executive director will manage the initiative’s day-to-day operations. The initiative includes numerous research institutes and centers, graduate education programs and scholarship programs across GW.

"Cybersecurity is a complex and pressing challenge for the United States that will require partnerships across sectors and disciplines in order to be tackled successfully,” Secretary Chertoff said.  “GW's Cybersecurity Initiative is a powerful example of the type of action that is urgently needed, which is why I am genuinely pleased to serve as Chairman for the Initiative. Its integrated approach and its focus on policy, research and education will help push the country closer to where it needs to be."

The initiative has a non-partisan agenda, making it a neutral space for discussion and is guided by a focus on research, education and policy. GW is the ideal location for the initiative because of the relationships the university has with high-profile stakeholders on this issue, the number of faculty with deep knowledge of technology, policy, law and business issues related to cybersecurity and its location within Washington, D.C.

For more information on the university’s efforts in cybersecurity, go to:

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