General Keith B. Alexander
This luncheon program will begin promptly at noon.
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In an increasingly networked world where industrial control systems and physical infrastructure are linked to the Internet, a cyber-based attack could have astronomically devastating physical and economic effects on society, at home and abroad. No one knows this better than General Keith Alexander, a recognized expert in warfare and security, chief of the Central Security Service and head of USCYBERCOM. In a detailed discussion of immense take-home value to economists, technology buffs, business owners, executives, leaders and citizens across the board, Alexander examines such topics as the vulnerability of critical infrastructure; the susceptibility of the military’s command and control structure; the dependence of the economy on the Internet’s smooth functioning; and the imperativeness for the private sector to assume its portion of the responsibility for protecting the infrastructure that connects to the Internet. Moreover, he articulates a road map for what is likely to be the strategic challenge of the next several decades: how we protect our increasingly networked world in a way that preserves freedom and liberty.
Series Presenting Sponsor
The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security was established in 2013 to showcase UNT’s nationally and internationally recognized programs and faculty engaged in issues related to national and human security. The series was established thanks to generous support from UNT alumnus Ernie Kuehne (’66), an attorney and president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co.
UNT is the nation’s 24th largest public university, powering the region, state and nation through innovative education and research. UNT’s award-winning faculty across diverse disciplines bring cutting-edge analytical methods and historical context to generate a uniquely informed understanding of national security issues.
General Keith B. Alexander has served as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and chief of the Central Security Service and is the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency. A four-star Army general, Alexander became head of the NSA and CSS in 2005, a pivotal time period for American security due to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the increased threat of cyber attacks. In 2010, Alexander was inaugurated under President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates as first commander of USCYBERCOM, a military institution integral to the nation’s security and prosperity.