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Washington D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center and the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence and Global Affairs this week hosted “A Global Digital Challenge: Aligning the Economy and Cybersecurity” featuring keynote speeches from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
“Over the last four months we’ve had some tremendous conversations. It was about how do we mitigate risk moving forward? How do we protect the economy going forward? We think we’re onto something innovative. When you get senior executives staying for hours with their sleeves rolled up to get these answers, that’s how we determine that we’re onto something different,” Mike Rogers, former House Intelligence Committee chairman, said.
“We have seen the kind of mistrust and toxicity – geographic, cultural, political – that has festered in this debate for the last several years. The ultimate goal here is to figure out how to align prosperity and security,” Jason Grumet, BPC president, said.
POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity: WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? – It’s conventional wisdom in cyber circles that the best answer to all the heated debates over subjects like encryption and surveillance is just getting government and industry together to talk it out.
The latest bid to unite the two sides comes via the Bipartisan Policy Center and former Rep. Mike Rogers, who are launching a Global Digital Challenge Initiative that’s modeled in part on a similar effort almost two decades ago. The idea is to get the private and public sectors on board with a common economic and security agenda and produce a Framework for the Global Digital Economy by next year.
But they’re not going about it exactly as you might expect, and they contend that’s the key to solving some of the most difficult issues in cyberspace – a challenge they relish. “We like hard problems,” Rogers told POLITICO in an exclusive with your MC host. Pros get the full story on how they intend to do it here. The piece coincides with a public event this morning featuring Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and other luminaries.