Distinguished Speaker Series Offers Considerations for Cybersecurity Balanced with Civil Liberties

In a technology enabled world, cyber criminals and foreign adversaries seek to exploit the democratic values that underpin U.S. society. The government is grappling with how to monitor human networks — an ongoing concern to civil liberties advocates — in order to detect and thwart attacks. How do we establish cyber defense that secures U.S. citizens from threats to democracy while also protecting the individual privacy and freedoms that democracy affords? Adm. Michael S. Rogers, former director of the National Security Agency, will discuss the challenges during the University of Virginia Cyber Innovation and Society Institute’s first Distinguished Speaker Series event for 2019-2020.

Organizations collaborating to sponsor this talk include the University of Virginia School of Engineering and the National Security Policy Center of UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The event will be held at the University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 from 1-2 p.m.

Rogers is a U.S. Navy four-star admiral who served as director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command from 2014 to 2018. During his tenure he managed the largest National Security Agency reorganization in 20 years in addition to overseeing the operationalization of the nation’s cyber mission into a unified combatant command, U.S. Cyber Command. From his post in the highest levels of the U.S. government, he coordinated cyber and intelligence efforts with both the U.S. intelligence community and international security counterparts. He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence and technology — including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, information technology, telecommunications and technology sectors. 

Rogers retired from the Navy in 2018 after nearly 37 years of naval service. He is a senior fellow and adjunct professor with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Public Private Initiative and a member of the advisory board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is also a member of the United States Naval Institute Board of Directors and works with the National Defense University in the mentoring and professional development of Department of Defense flag and general officers.

He also serves as a senior advisor to corporations in the areas of technology, finance and communications on cybersecurity for human networks.