Securing Our Telecommunications Infrastructure
Date: Jul. 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us on Tuesday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 am PT) for a panel discussion on securing telecommunications infrastructure.
• Andy Keiser, Senior Fellow, National Security Institute
• Christopher Boyer, Vice President – Global Security and Technology Policy, AT&T
• Mark Montgomery, Executive Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
• Alexiaa Jordan, Cyber and National Security Policy Analyst, Lincoln Network
On June 30th, the Federal Communications Commission formally designated Chinese telecommunication firms Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corporation as national security threats. The FCC’s action represents the latest move by the federal government to counter the growing influence of Chinese technology companies, and the national security risks they present.
Addressing security risks associated with Chinese firms is only one aspect of the ongoing national discussion about how to secure U.S. telecommunication systems—we need a national strategy as well. In March, Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation requiring a national strategy for securing 5g and future generation telecommunications systems.
As conversations about 5G and cybersecurity strategy gain popularity, we have to remember that they are based upon protecting the internet and mobile technologies themselves. This discussion will feature key experts from the cybersecurity, foreign policy, and technology spaces.
Senior Fellow, National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Law School
Andy Keiser is currently a Principal at Navigators Global and Senior Fellow with the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He served 14 years on Capitol Hill for former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers – as Senior Advisor to the Committee, Chief of Staff, and Legislative Director handling all national security policy issues. Andy was also the Deputy National Security Senior Advisor to the pre-election phase of the Trump for America transition team. Andy has written extensively on intelligence, space, cyber, and foreign policy. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College.
Vice President – Global Security and Technology Policy, AT&T
Chris Boyer is Vice President of Global Security and Technology Policy at AT&T Services, Inc., where he is responsible for the company’s global policy positions related to cybersecurity, national security and technology policy. Mr. Boyer is also responsible for AT&T’s policy engagements with several Federal agencies. Mr. Boyer works closely with the AT&T Chief Security Office (CSO) and AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO) to address policy issues at the intersection of emerging technology, cybersecurity and national security. Mr. Boyer represents the former CEO of AT&T Communications L.P. with the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC), a Federal Advisory board reporting to the President to address strategic policy issues impacting National Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Executive Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
Mark Montgomery serves as the Executive Director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. He most recently served as Policy Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senator John S. McCain. In this position he coordinated policy efforts on national defense strategy, capabilities and requirements, defense policy and cyber issues. Mark served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained surface warfare officer, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2017. His flag officer assignments included Director of Operations (J3) at U. S. Pacific Command; Commander of Carrier Strike Group 5 embarked on the USS George Washington stationed in Japan; and Deputy Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy (J5), at U.S. European Command. He was selected as a White House Fellow and assigned to the National Security Council, serving as Director for Transnational Threats from 1998-2000.
Cyber and National Security Policy Analyst
Alexiaa Jordan is a policy analyst for innovation, cyber, and national security policy at Lincoln Network. Previously, she worked with the international strategic consulting firm RiceHadleyGatesManuel, LLC. Prior to that she served as chief of staff for a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in international economics and security studies, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in molecular and cellular biology. She is also a Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellow at CNAS.