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Cybersecurity policymaking in the Pacific Northwest

June 20, 2017

A group of Jackson School cybersecurity faculty, students, alumni
A group of Jackson School students, alumni and faculty share their research on local and global cybersecurity policy as part of the "Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Policy" June 8 conference that brought together academics, local, federal and foreign governments and the tech, aviation and trade industries. Far r

What does cybersecurity policy have to do with trade in Washington state? How can we meet workforce preparedness among cybersecurity policy professionals? What is meant by the cybersecurity policy domain?

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing and challenging global issues of our times. That’s why the Jackson School recently partnered with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and the Jackson Foundationwith support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, to bring together academics and real-world policy leaders for “Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Policy: Emerging Domestic and International Issues.”

The conference was part of a larger effort led by the Jackson School’s International Policy Institute to build bridges between academics and policymakers. Under the Institute’s auspices the cybersecurity initiative provides timely research briefs, convenes experts and builds collaborating partnerships across the Pacific Northwest.

Participants listen to a presentation at the June 2 cybersecurity policy conference, held in downtown Seattle.

During the conference, held at the downtown headquarters of the Trade Development Alliance, over 75 academic, government, business and other Seattle-area based industry leaders discussed cybersecurity concerns, latest trends, research and collaborative opportunities that exist in Washington state, home to companies with global reach and impact.

U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, representing Washington’s 1st Congressional District, gave a keynote address focusing on pending legislation and the intersection between technology and cybersecurity.

During an internationally focused panel, moderated by Dr. Reşat Kasaba from the Jackson School, Jing de Jong-Chen from Microsoft, John Craig from Boeing and Dr. Jessica Beyer from the Jackson School discussed the latest cyber threats in a dynamic geopolitical environment, non-state actors (hackers) and insights from building aviation cybersecurity in a global supply change environment.

Mark Raugas from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory talks about the need for greater understanding of cybersecurity language and protecting critical infrastructure.

During a domestically-focused panel, moderated by Matt Morrison from the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the domestic panel features Mark Raugas from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, David Morris from Washington State Office of Cybersecurity and Dr. Sara Curran from the Jackson School discussed the protection of critical infrastructure, ways to build systems for economic resiliency and cybersecurity policy education and workforce preparedness.

Other participants included representatives from foreign consulates, Department of Homeland Security, other universities and private security companies.

The event featured 20 Jackson School International Policy Institute Cybersecurity Fellows who shared their research findings with the audience as part of the luncheon program.

A group of Jackson School students and alumni who research cybersecurity issues participated in the event by sharing their latest findings with the audience.

In February 2017, the International Policy Institute held a similar conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. You can view the video of that entire event here.

Click here for the June 2 cybersecurity policy meeting agenda and a full list of panelists 

In addition to the panel discussions, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Carnegie Corporation of New York Program Director of International Peace and Security Stephen Del Rosso and Director of the Jackson School Reşat Kasaba gave opening remarks.

Here are some key takeaways from the June 2 conference:

“I am very concerned about cybersecurity…I know that we have to be ever vigilant about business transactions we conduct with our citizens.”

– Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier




“Part of keeping our customers and citizens secure means engaging with our allies around the world to share information and look for ways to identify threats in a collaborative manner. We need to educate our lawmakers on these issues as most have very little technology experience.

– The Honorable Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congress


“What cybersecurity professionals need to do is move and translate between the policy and technology fields with enough depth to be credible in both areas.” 

– Jackson School of International Studies Professor Sara Curran


Craig Gannett, Vice President of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation Board of Governors and an energy lawyer with David Wright Tremaine, in his introduction of The Honorable Suzan DelBene, noted his concern about the threat of cybersecurity at the end-user level and congratulated one of the students, Michael Walstrom, for focusing his research on smart grid cybersecurity and encouraged others to follow “because it is a huge and important field.”

In 2017, the Jackson School will partner with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. to run cybersecurity bootcamps to train lawmakers and others in key issues and concepts as part of an effort to build cybersecurity infrastructure among both technical and policymaking experts and students.


Welcoming Remarks

Reşat Kasaba, Director and Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

The Honorable Bruce Dammeier, Executive, Pierce County, and Board Member, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

Stephen Del Rosso, Program Director, International Peace & Security, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Panel 1 – Emerging International Cybersecurity Issues

Moderator:  Reşat Kasaba, Director and Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Jessica Beyer, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, Non-state Actors and International Cybersecurity Norms

John Craig, Chief Engineer for Network Systems, The Boeing Company
Cybersecurity Insights and Lessons Learned from Building Aviation Security 

Jing de Jong-Chen, General Manager, Global Security Strategy, Microsoft
Trade Implications of Cybersecurity Laws and International Norms

Panel 2 – Emerging Domestic Cybersecurity Issues

Moderator:  Matt Morrison, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Economic Region

Mark Raugas, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Protecting Critical Infrastructure

David Morris, Chief Technology Officer Cybersecurity, Washington State Office of Cybersecurity, Building Systems for Economic Resiliency

Sara Curran, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Cybersecurity Policy Education

Luncheon Program

Welcome and Moderator: Craig Gannett, Vice President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Keynote Address: The Honorable Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congress
The Intersection of Technology and Cybersecurity: Current Legislation in the U.S. Congress

Jackson School cybersecurity student subject experts held informal discussions on their areas of cybersecurity expertise:

Mayowa Aina
Cuban cybersecurity policy, Latin American cybersecurity, US cybersecurity policy

Allison Anderson
Middle East cybersecurity, Jordanian cybersecurity, attribution of cyberattack

Ranjini (Minnie) Ray Chaudhury
India and Bangladesh cybersecurity policy, product localization, barriers to e-commerce, cybersecurity in low infrastructure environments

Cameron Evans
Attribution of cyberattack, international cooperation and cybersecurity

Kayley Knopf
Attribution of cyberattack, international cooperation and cybersecurity, nuclear security

Celia Louie
China-US cybersecurity relations, international cooperation and cybersecurity, nuclear security

Felice Luu
International banking and cybersecurity

Matthew Newton
Russian cybersecurity policy, Russian media landscape

Donghui Park
East Asia cybersecurity dynamics, non-state actors (hackers) and cybersecurity, and cyber-warfare

Phoibe Rei
Extremist use of Information and Communications Technology(ICT), application security

Selma Sadzak
Attribution of cyberattack, international cooperation and cybersecurity, nuclear security

Nicholas Steele
Attribution of cyberattack, international cooperation and cybersecurity, China

Julie Summers
Russian cybersecurity policy, Ukranian cybersecurity policy, attribution of cyberattack

Michael Walstrom
Smart grid/electricity cybersecurity in developing contexts, Indian smart grid cybersecurity, US-India cybersecurity relations, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and India-Pakistan cyber-conflict

Yuxi Wei
China cybersecurity policy, China-Russia cybersecurity relations, China-US cybersecurity relations

This event and publication were made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.