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Nation's top cyber security official calls for greater cooperation among government and industry during Dartmouth event

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/12/07 • Sue Knapp or Laurie Burnham • (603) 646-3661

On October 4, Assistant Secretary of Cybersecurity and Communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Greg Garcia, delivered a keynote speech to information security executives at the Tuck School of Business.

The invitation-only event, which was co-hosted by Dartmouth's Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and Tuck's Center for Digital Strategies, drew chief information security officers from such leading corporations as Bechtel, Cargill, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive, Dow Chemical, Eaton, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Staples, and Time Warner Cable, along with researchers and academics from Tuck, I3P, RAND Corporation, and the University of Virginia.

Photo of Secretary Garcia with Provost Scherr
Assistant Secretary Garcia (left) with Provost Scherr at the Oct. 4 event. (photo courtesy of Tuck's Center for Digital Strategies)

On campus to discuss critical security challenges, including information leaks and economically motivated cyber attacks threatening the business community, the executives applauded the participation of the nation's top cyber security official.

"Secretary Garcia's understanding of the issues and commitment to strengthening the security infrastructure of the U.S. is heartening to industry," remarked Geir Ramleth, senior vice president and chief information officer of the Bechtel Group, who was on the workshop's opening panel. "This type of exchange among information security executives from both the private and government sectors is important, and I'm pleased to have the opportunity for such dialogue."

The Secretary was welcomed by Provost Barry Scherr, who remarked that Dartmouth has a long history of excellence and innovation in information technology, with an active community of students, researchers and professors continually pushing the frontiers of computer science.

Acknowledging Dartmouth's academic leadership, Garcia stressed the importance of having a highly educated and well-trained cyber security workforce. Garcia also called for greater cooperation between the government and industry. "Partnerships between government and the private sector are critical to securing cyberspace and America's cyber assets, and we must work collectively to build a more robust security infrastructure," he said.

"The presence of Assistant Secretary Garcia at Dartmouth underscores not only the importance of the event itself but the seriousness of the topics being discussed and their relevance to the long-term security of the U.S.," said Martin Wybourne, Dartmouth's vice provost for research and former chair of the I3P.

The I3P, which is managed by Dartmouth College, is a national consortium of academic institutions, federally funded labs and non-profit organizations dedicated to strengthening the cyber security of the United States. In addition to guiding and supporting research, the I3P is committed to finding solutions to infrastructure vulnerabilities, facilitating technology transfer, and forging collaborative alliances with key stakeholders.

Tuck's Center for Digital Strategies promotes the development and practice of digital strategies, that is, the use of technology-enabled processes to harness an organization's unique competencies, support its business strategy and drive competitive advantage.  In addition to information security, the center addresses organizational change and globalization.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Center for Digital Strategies at 603-646-0899 or visit the website.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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