Exclusive briefing with Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff


The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) hosted an exclusive cyber security briefing event with Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at the ECIT Institute, Queen's Road, Belfast.

The event was attended by many individuals from Northern Ireland’s cyber community and was a fantastic opportunity to get a global insight into the cyber security issues and grand challenges that the industry faces today.

Chertoff commented “Cyber security issues are now among the most significant that the world faces. That means we have to collaborate together to come up with strategies that are reasonable but effective because we have a global system, and if one part of that system fails the ripple effect is felt throughout the entire system.”

Chertoff explained “I always liken cyber security issues to health issues. The human body keeps out a lot of dangers but it also recognises that there will be bacteria, germs and viruses that will get in and so we want to build resilience to fight back against infection. There is a similar approach in cyber security.”

“I was very impressed with CSIT and glad to have the opportunity to speak there. What CSIT is doing seems very promising in transforming Belfast into an innovation hub”.

For those who were not able to attend this insightful event, a short video is now available highlighting some of the key discussions explored on the day.

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