Join InfraGard San Diego for our first chapter meeting of 2017, focusing on the hot topic of privacy vs. security. Featured presentations will include:
- "Privacy and the Going Dark Problem: Challenges to Surveilling and Countering Extremism" by Sina Beaghley, former Director for Intelligence and Information Security, White House National Security Council, and Senior International/Defense Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
- The San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center will provide a terrorism briefing and update on current threats.
Refreshments will be served during the registration period from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The program begins promptly at 9 a.m.
Privacy and the "Going Dark” Problem: Challenges to Surveilling and Countering Extremism
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Patriot Act expanded U.S. government's authorities to surveil suspected terrorists in order to prevent future attacks. In the 15 years since, the US government has used those intelligence collection authorities to detect terrorist plotting and disrupt attacks. However, following the Edward Snowden unauthorized disclosures in 2013-2014, significant privacy questions were raised in the United States and around the world about the extent of such government surveillance activities. Privacy advocates and some in the technology sector have called to increase security of communications technology to better protect the privacy of individuals. However, there is the concern that such encryption measures could result in terrorists’ communications “going dark” and the loss of critical insight into terrorist plotting to prevent an attack. So how should the government and citizens negotiate the desire for privacy with the need for security and public safety? What is the right balance? And what role should the commercial sector – especially the technology sector – play in all of this moving forward? This presentation seeks to provide historical context to this debate, explore the position of each side, and highlight the challenges that lie ahead in balancing activities to counter extremism with measures to protect privacy.
Sina Beaghley is a senior international/defense policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where she focuses her research on counterterrorism plans and policies, cyber strategy, and intelligence and surveillance issues. Prior to RAND, she served in the federal government for more than a decade. She most recently served as Director for Intelligence and Information Security on the National Security Council (NSC) Staff where she coordinated the U.S. government response to widespread unauthorized disclosures attributed to Edward Snowden. In that capacity, she provided recommendations to the President and National Security Advisor on foreign relations and intelligence posture and policy.
Prior to that, Beaghley served as chief of planning at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) where she directed the development of national-level counterterrorism plans to counter terrorist organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and online. Prior to that, she served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where she developed defense policy for special operations, counterterrorism, and cyberspace operations. She also deployed to Iraq as a planner with a Joint Task Force that conducted military operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Before OSD, Beaghley worked at the Department of Homeland Security as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology.