Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Why “Cyber Pearl Harbor” Won’t Be Like Pearl Harbor At All…


Why “Cyber Pearl Harbor” Won’t Be Like Pearl Harbor At All…

About the Event

On October 12, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the United States could face a "cyber Pearl Harbor" as cyber actors launch simultaneous attacks on our critical infrastructure, in combination with a physical attack. Mr. Panetta's warning was both embarrassingly late and stunningly lacking in both reality and imagination. Lawrence Husick, FPRI's co-chair the Center for the Study of Terrorism, and a patent attorney and self-described computer hacker, will address the threat that faces the nation, and why both public and private sector perceptions of the threat and reactions to it give little hope that we will be able to avert serious consequences of disruption and violence in the cyber domain. Mr. Husick's June 2011 briefing on this topic was described by former National Security Advisor Robert "Bud" McFarlane as, "the best I've heard from anyone anywhere." Join FPRI on October 24, 2012 at 2:00p EDT to learn more about this critical issue in national security.

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Lawrence Husick

Lawrence Husick - Lawrence Husick is Co-Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism. He is also co-director of the FPRI Wachman Center’s Program on Teaching Innovation and a faculty member at the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Biotechnology Program of the Johns Hopkins University.

Edward A. Turzanski

Edward A. Turzanski - Edward A. Turzanski the FPRI Templeton Fellow and Co-Chair of its Center for the Study of Terrorism – is a Professor of Political Science and History at La Salle University in Philadelphia, and a Senior Scholar with the American Institute for History Education (AIHE).