Chris Inglis

Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
'What We (at the NSA) Learned from Snowden: The New Cyber Threat Environment, Politics and Civil Liberties'
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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The Snowden data breach shook the world as people came to terms with the extent of government surveillance on the civilian population. It exposed a critical flaw in the NSA’s own internal security policies and tarnished the institution’s standing as a protector of security and ultimately, liberty.

John (Chris) Inglis was the man in the hot seat at the time. As deputy director and a 28 year NSA veteran, Inglis had to deal with the fallout and seek to restore public and political trust and confidence in the NSA’s operations.

The Snowden breach is fascinating from at least two perspectives, both of which Chris Inglis will cover in his Address:

1) How do organisations, as custodians of sensitive customer and citizen data, ensure against an insider threat like an Edward Snowden? What lessons did the NSA itself learn from this historic event? How would they do things differently now?

2) What can we say about the new cyber threat environment where the rights to encryption and counter terrorism need to be balanced against citizens’ legitimate expectations to privacy.

John C. (Chris) Inglis is a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. He began his career at the NSA as a computer scientist within the National Computer Security Center and was promoted to the agency’s Senior Executive Service in 1997. He served in a variety of senior leadership assignments including Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for guiding strategy, operations and policy.

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Business School executive development program, the USAF Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officers’ School.