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Glenn S. Gerstell: “The challenge is simply how do we preserve our American values of liberty and freedom while constructing appropriate new government structures and laws to deal with these new threats?”

Glenn S. Gerstell delivers refreshingly candid and insightful talks informed by four decades of leadership at the highest levels of national security policy and international law. He challenges his audiences to respond to the new risks and changing realities posed by rapidly evolving technology, including how cyber-technology is shaping the future of privacy, politics, and national security.

Gerstell has spoken at cybersecurity conferences sponsored by RSA in San Francisco, at conferences of the Cloud Security Alliance and the Consumer Electronics Show, public policy organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council, at federal judicial conferences, and at a wide range of universities including Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Duke, New York University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Texas, and University of Virginia.

Recent speaking topics include, “The Challenges of the Digital Revolution for Our Way of Life, ” “Coping with a Rising China that Wants to Displace America,” “National Security Challenges facing America across the Globe,” and “Is the Fourth Amendment Ready for the Digital Revolution…and What does Privacy Really Mean Today Anyway?”

Glenn is represented by Leading Authorities, Inc.

Glenn S. Gerstell: “The challenge is simply how do we preserve our American values of liberty and freedom while constructing appropriate new government structures and laws to deal with these new threats?”

Glenn S. Gerstell delivers refreshingly candid and insightful talks informed by four decades of leadership at the highest levels of national security policy and international law. He challenges his audiences to respond to the new risks and changing realities posed by rapidly evolving technology, including how cyber-technology is shaping the future of privacy, politics, and national security.

Gerstell has spoken at cybersecurity conferences sponsored by RSA in San Francisco, at conferences of the Cloud Security Alliance and the Consumer Electronics Show, public policy organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council, at federal judicial conferences, and at a wide range of universities including Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Duke, New York University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Texas, and University of Virginia.

Recent speaking topics include, “The Challenges of the Digital Revolution for Our Way of Life, ” “Coping with a Rising China that Wants to Displace America,” “National Security Challenges facing America across the Globe,” and “Is the Fourth Amendment Ready for the Digital Revolution…and What does Privacy Really Mean Today Anyway?”

Glenn is represented by Leading Authorities, Inc.

RECENT SPEAKING TOPICS

The Challenges of the Digital Revolution for Our Way of Life

We tend to think too conventionally and have difficulty imagining something completely new. But that is precisely what we must do in order to cope with extraordinary change that is about to sweep over us. The advent of the internet of things, 5G telephony, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other products of the digital revolution will present major benefits for society but also extraordinary challenges that we have not addressed. It will change the way we think about business, the role of government, and personal interactions. Yet we will almost surely underestimate the implications of technology.

Coping with a Rising China that Wants to Displace America

For the first time since the United States became a global power, we must confront another country that represents not merely a political or military threat, but also an existential economic one. China is an adversary and partner rolled into one, and there is no better example of how global technological development and trade produce complicated interdependencies. China’s Belt and Road Initiative — their worldwide development plan integrating infrastructure, markets and political systems — aims at nothing less than using their technical and financial prowess to replace the United States as the global power.

National Security Challenges facing America across the Globe

The next war could be won without a shot being fired but by an adversary’s turning off our stock exchange, our electric grid, or our civilian air traffic control system. Prior challenges such the specter of atomic bombs in the Cold War or terrorist acts following 9/11 inspired greater fear, but in some ways those threats were more manageable than the complex challenges we now face. Dealing with China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are themselves daunting challenges. We also face the continuing threat of terrorism and new threats from cyberattacks and biological and chemical warfare.

Is the Fourth Amendment Ready for the Digital Revolution…and What does Privacy Really Mean Today Anyway?

As more and more of our lives become digital, and we share more of our personal experiences online, what does privacy really mean anymore? The 4th Amendment, which limits unreasonable searches and seizures, didn’t even apply to tapping telephones, telegraphs and radio signals until 1967. But since then, our courts have struggled to keep up with the digital revolution and Congress has tried to balance privacy and civil liberties with national security needs. At the NSA, we daily coped with the competing challenges of keeping our nation safe while adhering to the Constitution.

RECENT TALKS

This escalation of international security cyber-attacks poses complex questions about privacy in the 21st century. The right to individual privacy — codified in the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment — is central to American society. How can the U.S. strengthen its national security infrastructure without compromising citizens’ constitutional rights to privacy?

This livestream features Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel of the National Security Agency (2015-2020). The conversation is moderated by Sina Beaghley, Senior National Security Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and deliberates how cyber-technology is shaping the future of privacy, politics, and national security.

“CITI Hearing: Tech & Information Warfare: The Competition for Influence and the DOD”

U.S. House Armed Services Committee hearing, April 30, 2021

Lessons Learned from a Cyberattack: SolarWinds Conversation (Part 2 of 2)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 26, 2021

Glenn Gerstell joins a CSIS Defending Democratic Institutions Project panel of policymakers and practitioners to discuss the lessons learned, implications of, and the path forward from the recent cybersecurity breach.

Michael Morell speaks with former NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell about national security issues stemming from disinformation on social media. Gerstell outlines legal, technological, and policy approaches the new administration can take to combat the spread of disinformation on social media.

Disinformation and the National Security Implications of Technology

The Institute of World Politics, December 11, 2020

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Glenn Gerstell discusses the national security burdens that our private sector must bear due to the advent of new technology and widespread disinformation online.

Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

CSIS “Engine Room of Democracy,” podcast, August 11, 2020

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Glenn Gerstell discusses how the United States undertakes sophisticated intelligence collection while staying consistent with a constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of American citizens.

Intelligence in a Pandemic

Webinar in association with the Schar Center at George Mason University, April 30, 2020

Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell and former NSA General Counsel Glenn S. Gerstell discuss national and digital intelligence in the middle of a pandemic and examine its lasting impact on the US intelligence community.

Glenn S. Gerstell speaks at The Cipher Brief Threat Conference

An in-depth discussion of how vulnerabilities created by technological developments across the globe have serious implications for the U.S. economy and national security, and how those vulnerabilities are centered on China.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Pacific Council – PolicyWest 2019, October 2019

Glenn S. Gerstell discusses the real danger in how the United States underestimates and is unprepared for the impact of technology as it advances in the modern age — an unacceptable risk for our national security.

The Future of the Cyber Landscape

ABA Rue of Law Initiative, May 31, 2019

A keynote speech focused on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and 5G networks, and how they will affect matters of national intelligence and security, including the global threat cyberattacks pose to elections.