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November 13, 2013

MISSOULA – David Hamon, director of Banyan Analytics and former senior official at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, will present “Asia and Cybersecurity” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall at the University of Montana. The talk is sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM and is free and open to the public.

Modern cyberthreats constantly evolve, creating potential new vulnerabilities in electrical, banking, transportation and other infrastructure networks in the United States. Hackers have made themselves known around the world with acts of sabotage and extortion, including when six major U.S. banks came under attack in 2012. Advances in malicious code-writing will only continue in the coming years. To meet these threats, the U.S. must increase its information system and infrastructure defenses and create contingency plans to deal with attacks on essential services.

During his lecture, Hamon will discuss efforts underway to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and the future of cybersecurity policy, drawing on 33 years of experience in international security affairs. He spent nearly 10 years with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency working on strategic research and dialogues for the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office. He also has served with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Africa Policy, as director of policy and programs, and while employed was sent on detail to the United Nations Peacekeeping Department. He has initiated security dialogues with numerous Asian countries, including China and the Republic of Korea.

“Given his past experience in U.S. national security and the Asia-Pacific region, Mr. Hamon should provide a revealing and sobering overview about the current state and the future of cybersecurity in this country and across the globe,” said Abraham Kim, director of the Mansfield Center. 

RSVP by calling 406-243-2988 or emailing caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu. For more information, visit http://www.umt.edu/mansfield.

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Contact: Deena Mansour, associate director, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2713, deena.mansour@mso.umt.edu.