interview with Michael McFaulvia Center for International Security And Cooperation (CISAC)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Michael McFaul, former United States Ambassador to Russia and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, explains why the White House chose Stanford University for a summit on cybersecurity.
According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is establishing a new agency to fuse intelligence from around the government when a cyber crisis occurs. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, is quoted as saying that “policymakers and operators will benefit from having a rapid source of intelligence [about incoming cyberattacks],” and that policymakers will have an “integrated, all-tools approach to the cyberthreat.”
On February 5, 2015, Anthem—a health insurance company—announced that hackers had been able to access records containing tens of millions of names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment data.
Stanford will welcome President Barack Obama to the campus Friday, Feb. 13, where he will address the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. The president will join top-level government officials, corporate CEOs and Stanford faculty members who will gather to discuss pressing issues at the all-day summit organized by the White House.
David Sanger and Martin Fackler write in the NYT that the NSA “drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies,” and also placed malware in North Korean computer systems “that could track the internal workings of many of the computers and networks used by the North’s hackers.”