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Social Media and Security

Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

Resilient enterprises overcome vulnerabilities and ensure functionality in the face of any threat. With citizens increasingly expecting new levels of service from government, and with citizen interconnectedness (to government entities and to each other) essential to the promise of a GOV2.0, what steps can be put in place now to ensure uninterrupted functionality in the face of cyber threats? How might the private sector and the public sector join together to create greater resilience?

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Bruce McConnell

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Bruce McConnell is Senior Counselor for National Protection and Programs, US Department of Homeland Security, where he advises and advocates across the entire range of cybersecurity issues.

Over the past 35 years, Bruce McConnell has created, led, and managed transitions in successful for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations of all sizes. His vocation is to analyze, advise, and act in the marketplaces of ideas and commerce where business, government, technology, and social forces come together. He has cultivated a profound understanding of these forces’ interplay and their continual expression in cyberspace and the “real world.”

Prior to coming to DHS in July 2009, McConnell served on the Obama-Biden Transition Project as a member of the Technology Innovation and Government Reform team, and as leader of the National Archives and Government Printing Office agency review teams. He also served as a group chair on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

From 2000-2008, he created and grew McConnell International, LLC, a Washington-based consultancy that provides accurate, unvarnished counsel to corporate senior management responsible for developing and executing near-term and long-term market strategy, wherever government is a factor. During this time he also created Government Futures, a Web 2.0 company that used collective intelligence, including prediction markets, to advise clients on the directions government would be taking 18-36 months out. In September 2008 he sold these firms to Clinton-Rubin, LLC, an emerging management consulting firm based in Philadelphia.

From 1985-1999, McConnell served three U.S. Presidents as an actor and adviser on national information society issues. As chief of information and technology policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget, he led the government-industry team that reformed U.S. encryption export policy, created an information security strategy for government agencies, redirected government technology procurement and management along commercial lines, and extended the presumption of open government information onto the Internet. From 1999-2000, he established and led the International Y2K Cooperation Center, sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank.

McConnell is a frequent speaker and writer, in English and French, on the future of global networks, e-government, cyber security, privacy, technology management, and network governance. He is a member of the CSIS Commission for Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and has served on boards at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and the American Council of Technology. He is on the board of the Gangaji Foundation and a Trustee of the IT History Society.

He graduated from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with a major in Resource Strategy, and from the University of Washington in Public Administration. He is married to Margaret Anderson, sings tenor, and plays a fair game of tennis.

Rick Wesson

Support Intelligence

Rick Wesson CEO is also the CEO of Alice’s Registry which he founded in 1999 to fund open-source software development. Rick has built the technology back-ends for many ICANN accredited registrars in the past ten years. Rick has served as the Vice Chair and CTO of ICANN’s Registrars’ Constituency and has also served as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Committee. Alice’s registry was the first (and only) registrar to deploy into the .ORG DNSSEC testbed. Allowing the first and only production DNSSEC registrar environment. Rick also served as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, the Nations second largest Community Development Credit union where he sat on the Credit and Finance Committees. He believes strongly in community development and financial literacy for both physical and internet communities.

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Price Floyd

Department of Defense

Price B. Floyd was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on 8 June, 2009. He serves as staff advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for public information, internal information, and community relations as well as information training and audiovisual matters in support of DoD activities, leading a worldwide public affairs community of some 3,800 military and civilian personnel.

Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Floyd was the Director of External Relations for the Center for New American Security (CNAS). CNAS was an unheard of start-up national security think tank when Mr. Floyd joined their staff in 2007 and by the time he left in June 2009, it had become one of the preeminent national security think tanks in the country.

Mr. Floyd also served at the U.S. Department of State from 1989 until 2007. He brings more than 15 years of communications and diplomatic experience with the U.S. Department of State, most recently as the Director of Media Affairs. There he developed and implemented media strategies to promote the foreign policy agenda of the Department, from elections in Afghanistan and Iraq to the responses to the tsunami in Indonesia and the earthquake in Pakistan. From 1998 to 2000 Mr. Floyd served as Executive Assistant to State Department Spokesman James P. Rubin, where he prepared the spokesman for daily press briefings, coordinated media appearances, and was chief interlocutor for the spokesman throughout the department. Mr. Floyd served on the staff of Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright from 1997 to 1998, traveling to over 50 countries to coordinate meetings and public events, including visits to North Korea in 1999, and trips to the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. From 1995 to 1997, he served in the Economics Section and the office of the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany. Prior to serving in Germany, Mr. Floyd was seconded to the United Nations International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY) where he served as Deputy Envoy to the government in Montenegro and reported on their compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions to halt the import of banned weapons and material to the Bosnian Serb-controlled areas of Bosnia. Mr. Floyd also served as the first Bosnia Desk officer from 1993 to 1994, working on the War Crimes Tribunal and negotiations for the signing of the Bosnian constitution. Mr. Floyd began his career at the State Department assisting the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1990-1993. Mr. Floyd has received numerous awards for his service including the State Departments Superior Honor Award for his work during the Bosnia War, Superior Honor Award for service during the Pakistan Earthquake Relief Effort, and the Service Medal from the United Nations and European Union for work in Montenegro as part of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Floyd is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas and received a B.A. in political science from Texas Wesleyan University.

Mr. Floyd and his wife Elizabeth Waters live in Chevy Chase, Maryland with their three extremely active children, Matthew, Sabine and Benjamin.

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