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Former Bush, Obama cybersecurity advisor presents public talk Nov. 6

NEWPORT, R.I. – Melissa Hathaway, former cybersecurity advisor for two presidential administrations, will present a public lecture focusing on how corporate America can better protect itself from cyber-attacks when she visits Salve Regina University on Wednesday, Nov. 6

Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and a senior adviser at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, will present “Strategic Advantage: Why American Corporations Should Care About Cybersecurity” at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. Free and open to the public, the lecture is presented by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

Corporate America is constantly being targeted by cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage, and its brand integrity and market advantage are increasingly at stake. In her lecture, Hathaway will discuss several potential targets within cyberspace (especially private sector networks), common vulnerabilities that allow cyber-attacks to succeed and what companies can do to better protect themselves.

Hathaway served as Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace in the National Security Council under President Obama, and is the former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force under President George W. Bush.