Making Sense of Cybersecurity
Jane Holl Lute


Washington, DC—On January 27, 2014, Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity and former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, spoke to WFPG members on "Making Sense of Cybersecurity". In her remarks and the following conversation with David Sanger of The New York Times, she discussed the timely issue of cybersecurity which has been an issue of concern to individuals, organizations, and governments around the world, given the increasing frequency and impact of cyberattacks. She emphasized that the internet is about “the power to connect, not to protect” and shared why actors such as Google, Yahoo, and Facebook are the most powerful actors in cyberspace. Lute stressed the importance of practicing "cyber-hygiene" to reduce problems. She explained that the use of four critical controls of cyber-hygiene—monitoring what hardware and software is running on your network, limiting administrative permissions, and real time patching and monitoring of your system vulnerability—will prevent 80-90% of all known intrusions and is more cost effective than more tailored programs. Lute also discussed the difference between homeland security which is "bottom up", and national security which is "top down". In the future, she believes that governments, certainly the US government, should assume a bigger role in cybersecurity and should begin to develop a consensus on cybercrime with other governments around the world. The event was hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde at the Embassy of Finland.


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WFPG President Patricia Ellis, Jane Holl Lute,
Board Chair Ann Stock, David Sanger, and
Ambassador Koukku-Ronde

  Jane Holl Lute discusses cybersecurity
with moderator David Sanger

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Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde of Finland

  Jane Holl Lute addresses WFPG

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Moderator David Sanger and Jane Holl Lute

  Jane Holl Lute, Ambassador Koukku-Ronde, Patricia Ellis

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Patricia Ellis, Board Member Marlene Johnson,
and Ambassador Jadranka Negodic of Bosnia

  Patricia Ellis, Ann Stock, Ambassador Koukku-Ronde,
and Ambassador Marina Kaljurand of Estonia

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