Suits and Spooks: Innovative Problem-Solving On National Security Issues

“What we are creating now is a monster whose influence is going to change history, provided there is any history left.” (John von Neumann)

 When John von Neumann said those words in 1952, he didn’t mean the Atomic bomb that he helped create as a scientist with the Manhattan Project. He was referring to his revolutionary work in high speed computing. Over sixty years later, the computer has revolutionized every aspect of our life – from currency to medicine to warfare. Our almost total reliance upon insecure software and hardware has made the world less safe, and has fundamentally changed the power equations between State and Non-State actors. 

Suits and Spooks 2017 will focus on identifying the world’s most valuable new technologies, who the threat actors are that are looking to acquire them, and what can be done to stop them.

Admission is $549 for industry, and $375 for full-time government, military, or academia employees. Visit SuitsandSpooks.com to register.

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Paul Kurtz

TruSTAR Technology
Arlington VA
Paul Kurtz is the Chief Executive Officer of TruSTAR Technology. Prior to TruSTAR Paul Kurtz was the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for CyberPoint International LLC. While at CyberPoint, he helped grow the company from 10 to 200 employees in 5 years by building the US government and international business verticals. Prior to CyberPoint, Paul was the managing partner of Good Harbor Consulting where he oversaw the Middle East and North Africa security consultancy business for government and commercial clients. Paul was the Founder and Executive Director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, which later was absorbed by Tech America and worked closely to bridge the gap between commercial companies and the US government to share information and raise cyber security awareness. He served as the Executive Director of Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) and is a founding board member of the Cloud Security Alliance. Prior to his work in non-profit and commercial sector, Paul held senior positions with the US Government. During his service, Paul was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection on the White House’s Homeland Security Council (HSC). He joined the HSC from the National Security Council (NSC) where he was both Senior Director for National Security in the Office of Cyberspace Security and a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. He served on the NSC as a Director of Counterterrorism from 1999-2001, and helped manage the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.