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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), B.A. ’77, and GW President Mark S. Wrighton.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), B.A. ’77, and GW President Mark S. Wrighton. (Linnea Farnsworth)

GW Brings Industry and Government Leaders Together for Inaugural Cybersecurity Forum

The inaugural GW Business and Policy Forum brought hundreds of policy and industry leaders in the cybersecurity sphere together at a university positioning itself to be the epicenter of cybersecurity education and research for panels and keynote discussions on how the private and public sectors can come together to address the ever-evolving landscape and implications cybersecurity has for global business, markets and regulations.

GW leveraged its location in Washington, D.C., to host a forum on the intersection of emerging technology and policy—called “Attacking Cyber Security Risks”—as speakers from around the world shared their expertise with capacity crowds of students, faculty, staff and business and industry leaders. Deloitte, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman and Verizon were among company participants, as was the Department of Defense from the government sector. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), B.A. ’77, highlighted a noteworthy group of keynote speakers.

The event, showcased a new strength of the university: addressing cybersecurity through a multidisciplinary lens. The GW School of Business, GW Law, School of Engineering and Applied Science and College of Professional Studies collaborated to make the event possible. These four schools are at the vanguard of cybersecurity education and national security law. In fact, at the forum’s kickoff on Tuesday, GW President Mark S. Wrighton announced the launch of Cyber@GW, which will serve as a facilitator for cybersecurity collaboration between GW and the private and government sectors. Through the initiative, GW will continue to be a global leader in cybersecurity and privacy, integrating technical depth with social science to develop, form and teach solutions, strategies and policies locally, nationally and globally.

“Our diverse and distinctive programs span multiple schools and colleges, and our unique location in the nation’s capital enables deep partnerships with government agencies, technology firms, including defense industries and those who lead IT in the country and the world,” Wrighton said. “Our educational programs range from certificate and bachelor’s completion programs that provide upskilling opportunities for working professionals to undergraduate and graduate programs that educate the next-generation of cybersecurity innovators and leaders who are poised for real-world impact.”

Read a full recap of the Cybersecurity Forum and learn more about our new initiative Cyber@GW.


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