CBU Seidman Lecture Features Joel F. Brenner

“Cyberattack: A Threat to National Security”

Joel F. Brenner, former national counterintelligence executive and mission manager for counterintelligence at the Office of the National Counterintelligence (CI) Executive, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2013 M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall.

Brenner will address the topic “Cyberattack: A Threat to National Security. Protecting our Nation, our Businesses and Ourselves.” Brenner is a cybersecurity expert and provides business strategies on this complex issue. Currently, he specializes in data protection and privacy, network security, intelligence law, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions at Cooley LLP. He has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of transactions and proceedings including sensitive foreign acquisitions and overseas operations, the liability of foreign governments, export controls, and internal corporate investigations. He has years of experience inside and outside government involving national and homeland security.

Before joining Cooley, Brenner was Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency, advising Agency leadership on the public-private effort to create better security for the Internet. From 2006 until mid-2009, he was the head of U.S. counterintelligence under the Director of National Intelligence and was responsible for integrating the counterintelligence activities of the 17 departments and agencies with intelligence authorities, including the FBI and CIA and elements of the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. From 2002 – 2006, Mr. Brenner was NSA’s Inspector General, responsible for that agency’s top secret internal audits and investigations. He has also served as a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and has extensive trial and arbitration experience in private practice.

Brenner is the author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare. In addition, he has written about intelligence oversight and Presidential authority to suspend or prohibit foreign takeovers of U.S. firms, and is often quoted in the national media on data security, privacy, and intelligence issues. Brenner was awarded the Intelligence Community Achievement Medal for his work.

Brenner holds a JD from the Harvard Law School, a PhD from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law & National Security.

The M.L Seidman Memorial Town Hall Series was established by Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman in memory of Mr. M.L. Seidman, founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues. This series of lectures is scheduled every year in light of current public issues. The town hall forum format encourages the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community.

For more information or to RSVP for the Lecture, call (901) 321-3272 or email seidman@cbu.edu by October 17.

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