Cybersecurity: When Hackers Attack: Are computers now the conventional front for hostilities? Michael Chertoff joins subject experts on Milken Global Conference discussion

President Obama has called attacks on U.S. computer networks "one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces." The FBI's director recently warned IT professionals to be on the alert for organized cybercriminals, rogue hacktivists and breaches by foreign governments. Hackers have infiltrated banks, credit card companies, major retailers and defense contractors, pilfering consumer data and intellectual property. 
The Milken Institute presented international experts to discuss cybersecurity on a  panel at its Global Conference in May 2012.  Panelists:   
  1. Michael Chertoff, Chairman, The Chertoff Group; former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  2. Shawn Henry, President, CrowdStrike Services; former Executive Assistant Director, FBI
  3. Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure
  4. Daniel McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC
  5. Moderator:  Marc Goodman, Founder, Future Crimes Institute; Global Security Advisor and Chair for Policy, Law and; Ethics, Singularity University

New measures to enhance cybersecurity are making their way through Congress, but will proposed federal standards really keep us one step ahead of the hackers? Can law enforcement handle a shadowy, constantly morphing enemy on the Internet - without further eroding privacy protections? How should governments, private firms and individuals respond to the threats?

Recorded at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.


If Obama’s Syria Promises Mean Nothing, How Can We Trust Him on Iran?

Syrian chemical attack victim (Photo: The Times London)
Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary:
With even ardent Obama supporters like Jeffrey Goldberg reminding the president he has made it crystal clear that chemical weapons use would be a red line that would trigger a strong U.S. response, what follows will not only tell us whether that promise would be kept. It will also illustrate just how seriously to take other pledges the administration has made, specifically its vow never to allow Iran to go nuclear.
With the White House desperately trying to buy time before making a decision on Syria, it’s fair to ask why anyone should regard American rhetoric on Iran as anything more than an elaborate bluff if Obama won’t keep his word about Assad’s behavior.
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In the wake of Boston bombings, Israeli Film Festival reminds America of the shared need to defend against global jihad

The 27th annual Israel Film Festival opened with a salute to former head of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing and legendary actor Martin Landau.

Pictured are actors Steven Dorff, Lanie Kazan, Martin Landau, Stacy Keach, producer Sherry Lansing, Festival director Meir Fenigstein, and Israeli-American producer Avi Lerner.

Israeli Deputy Consul General to Los Angeles, Uri Resnick, introduced honoree legendary lady producer, Sherry Lansing, at this Israel Film Festival.

Producer Ms. Lansing spoke about Jewish culture in cinema, the critical Israeli eye in film, and Israel productions spawning American copies of In Treatment by HBO and Homeland by Showtime.

Dr. Resnick spoke in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing at the Israel Film Festival.

Dr. Uri Resnick made aliyah from Ottawa, Canada in 1988. He joined Israel's Foreign Service in 2002, having served as Deputy Head of Mission at Israel's embassies in Dakar, Senegal (2003-2005) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2005-2008). He has also served as Deputy Director of the Department for UN Political Affairs (2008-2010) at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has participated in several Foreign Ministry Delegations to the United Nations General Assembly. He served in the IDF (1990-1993) in an infantry reconnaissance unit. Dr. Resnick speaks Hebrew, English and French.