You are cordially invited to a one-day seminar on the topic of

Cyber Critical Infrastructure and Legal Constraints on Cyber Operations

including presentations on
Cyber Critical Infrastructure
with Darren Death, Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for the Enterprise Information Security program

The International Legal Constraints on Cyber Operations
with Ethan Burger, international legal consultant and educator

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:30 AM-5:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Cost: $1,000 per person
20% discount when you register for all five seminars.


Cyber Critical Infrastructure

Will teach the components of a successful cyber security program from a people, process, and technology perspective. Focusing on people, the student will learn how to address cyber security challenges from a business / mission perspective. Will learn how to work with technical and business teams to address critical cyber hygiene issues. When addressing process, the student will learn how to develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards that are effective and support their organization’s mission.

Instructor: Darren Death

Mr. Death is an information security professional with a 17-year technology career supporting the private and public sector alike. He has worked for organizations such as the Department of Justice, Library of Congress, and the Federal Emergency Management Association. Currently, Mr. Death works as a Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for the Enterprise Information Security program. Mr. Death published a book, Information Security Handbook.

The International Legal Constraints on Cyber Operations

Cyber capabilities have fundamentally changed the nature of international “armed” conflict but have not done away with the underlying principles of international law.  While there is general agreement that long-standing international legal principles and norms of armed conflict survive technological change, there is no consensus among experts about how these rules apply to cyber operations.

This session will provide an overview of issues such as:

  • Sovereignty
  • Prohibition of intervention
  • The use of force
  • Attribution
  • Cyber espionage
  • International humanitarian law.

The discussion examines the interplay between the use of offensive cyber-capability and international law that national security managers must understand.

Instructor: Ethan S. Burger, Esq.

Ethan S. Burger, Esq., is a Washington-based international legal consultant and educator.  His areas of interest include corporate governance, transnational crime (corruption, cybercrime, and money laundering), and Russian affairs.  After working as an attorney on Russian commercial, investment, and risk issues, he segued into academic, research, and advisory roles  He has taught at Vilnius University about cybersecurity issues while on a Fulbright Foundation grant and participated in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’s seminar on the international law governing cyber operations.   He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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