The Potential for Devastating Cyber Attacks

October is Cyber Security Month. Cynthia Ayers explains why Canadians are unprepared to deal with prolonged power outages. This is just a preview of her presentation before The Mackenzie Institute’s “Resilient Critical Infrastructure & Cyber Security” conference on October 16, 2015.

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Cynthia Ayers
Cynthia Ayers is currently a consultant working with the Mission Command and Cyber Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership & Development, U.S. Army War College. Ms. Ayers retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2011 with over 38 years of government service. Her intelligence community career included a position as an NSA Representative to the DCI’s Counterterrorism Center at CIA headquarters, where she worked throughout the attack on the USS Cole and the attacks of 9/11 (2000-2002). Her government service culminated in an eight-year assignment as the National Security Agency’s Visiting Professor to the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where she taught electives on contemporary threats to national security from an intelligence perspective, and advised students on research concerning strategic intelligence, counterterrorism, cyber warfare, the Middle East, and critical infrastructure protection. Post-retirement, Ms. Ayers was employed as Vice President of EMPact America, a bipartisan, not-for-profit group, and is currently a Director (Deputy to the Executive Director) of a congressionally-sponsored task force working critical infrastructure issues.