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Government advisor to address RSA Conference

RSA Conference : 09 April, 2009  (Company News)
Cyberspace director of homeland security to brief RSA Conference attendees on current US cyberspace policies
The RSA Conference has announced that Melissa Hathaway, Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace for the National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC), will deliver a key speech at the 2009 RSA Conference.

Hathaway's presentation will take place at 2 pm PT on Wednesday, April 22.

Hathaway's speech will provide details about the Obama administration's currently ongoing 60-day comprehensive assessment of US cyberspace policies and structures.

This year's Conference takes place from April 20-24, 2009, at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco.

As Acting Senior Director for the NSC and HSC, Melissa Hathaway is leading a 60-day interagency review of the cybersecurity plans, programs and activities underway throughout the federal government. That review, scheduled to be completed this month, will develop a strategic framework to ensure that federal government cybersecurity initiatives are appropriately integrated, resourced and coordinated with Congress and the private sector.

Previously, Hathaway served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence and Cyber Coordination Executive. She chaired the National Cyber Study Group, a senior-level interagency body that was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), which is aimed at substantially improving the ability of the United States to secure and defend its critical cyber national infrastructure. In January 2008, she was appointed the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, which coordinates and monitors the implementation of the broad portfolio of activities and programs that comprise the CNCI. Before entering government service in March 2007, Hathaway was a Principal with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where her responsibilities focused on leading the information operations and long range strategy and policy support business units.

Hathaway has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC. She has completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy, and is a graduate of the US Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.

"The Obama Administration has made a strong commitment to build a trustworthy and accountable cyber infrastructure that is resilient, protects America's competitive advantages and advances our national and economic security. With an audience made up of the nation's most intelligent security minds, I look forward to speaking about how together the public sector and private industry can make significant improvements in cybersecurity."

Sandra Toms LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager of RSA Conference said: "In the age of the Conficker worm, massive data thefts and the rise of botnets, it's a necessity to arm our attendees with the know-how and guidance of leading government officials and to understand the direction of our federal government strategy. The addition of Ms Hathaway to our lineup of speakers will give an inside look at the comprehensive review she is leading to assess US cyberspace policies and structures to the information security professionals these issues most effect."
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