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Cyber Threats: Perspectives from the NSA and FBI

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series and the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity & Technology Program present:

Cyber Threats: Perspectives from the NSA and FBI.  




Richard Ledgett
Deputy Director, National Security Agency


Paul Abbate
Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Moderated by

John Carlin
Chair, Aspen Institute Cybersecurity & Technology Program

Richard Ledgett, who has announced his retirement later this spring, is the senior civilian leader of the National Security Agency. In this capacity he acts as the Agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for guiding and directing studies, operations and policy. Mr. Ledgett began his NSA career in 1988 and has served in operational, management, and technical leadership positions at the branch, division, office, and group levels.

Paul Abbate is the head of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch and oversees all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He most recently served as the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office. Mr. Abbate began his FBI career as a special agent in March 1996 and has served in various counterterrorism and leadership roles at FBI Headquarters, in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Newark, as well as overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

John Carlin is the chair of the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity & Technology Program. Today, he is also the chair of the global risk and crisis management practice for the law firm Morrison & Foerster. Until the fall of 2016, he was assistant attorney general for national security at the US Justice Department and its top national security attorney, overseeing nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the country against international and domestic terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats.

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series is made possible with the
generous support of Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

Event information
Tue Mar 21, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
The Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle
Washington, DC