Jul 21

Past Event

Cybersecurity: Incentives and Governance

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Summary

Despite a rush of media stories, academic research, Capitol Hill briefings, and increased attention from policymakers, the priorities and risks of cybersecurity remain ill-defined and poorly understood. Even knowledgeable experts tend to mistakenly blur separate threats that span the range of crime, espionage, and global conflict, each of which have a unique set of actors, incentives and priorities.

On July 21, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a panel discussion to clarify and refine policy discussions surrounding the risks built into our information technology systems. Panelists evaluated how economic concepts—including externalities, information asymmetries and the network effect—can help us understand how to reward good security practices and punish bad ones, and discussed how these concepts can be embedded in a range of governance mechanisms to better evaluate the alignment of public priorities and private incentives.

After the program, speakers took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Panelists

    • Larry Clinton

      President and CEO

      Internet Security Alliance

    • Bruce McConnell

      Senior Counselor and Director, Cyber+Strategy, National Protection and Programs Directorate

      U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Details

July 21, 2011

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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