ATLANTA, GA (May 11, 2018) – At the National Technology Security Coalition’s Midwest Regional CISO Policy Roundtable on May 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas, CISOs discussed national security and the cybersecurity policy implications of AI with Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin (Ret.) of McLaughlin Global Associates and Dr. Gregory White, Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
(Left to right: Dr. Gregory White, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Patrick Gaul, NTSC; Duaine Styles, CISO, Globe Life; Emily Heath, CISO, United Airlines; Kimberly Steele, NTSC)
Hosted by NTSC Board Member Duaine Styles, CISO of Globe Life, the discussion began with Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin (Ret.) giving an overview of current USCYBERCOM capabilities and how partnerships with the private sector can enhance national security. CISOs of critical infrastructure companies (including from the oil and gas industry) were especially interested in how USCYBERCOM’s efforts toward cyber deterrence and potential legislation imposed on these companies will affect the ability to keep the nation secure.
Dr. White talked about how CISOs are already leveraging AI for important activities such as malware detection and malicious IP blocking. He asked the roundtable participants about AI concerns with bias, personal privacy, algorithmic transparency, and adversaries using AI as a weapon. CISOs discussed how developing cybersecurity policies about the use of AI are important to curb potential problems early—both through national legislation and internal company policies that promote a culture of security.
“As time goes on, CISOs find themselves grappling with cybersecurity problems that transcend concerns relevant to only their companies,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “Whether considering their roles in assisting USCYBERCOM in cyber deterrence or understanding the implications of AI’s role within cybersecurity policy, CISOs need to be in dialogue with the public sector to figure out the best way forward. The NTSC Midwest Regional CISO Policy Roundtable was a great example of how dialogue between representatives from the public and private sector can help solve such critical problems and strengthen these essential partnerships.”
An invitation-only event for CISOs and senior cybersecurity policy stakeholders, the NTSC’s Regional CISO Policy Roundtables serve as part of our mission to provide a platform for CISOs to discuss and advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory cybersecurity policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, and an annual DC Fly-In as part of the NTSC National CISO Policy Conference.
Our prestigious board of CISOs represents leading companies including Aaron’s, Aflac, AutoNation, Cox Automotive, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Globe Life, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Day, MassMutual, Mastercard, MoneyGram International, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Torchmark, TransUnion, Turner, United Airlines, US Bank, Voya Financial, Western Digital, and Worldpay.
About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)
The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.