Cyber Conflict: Fact and Fiction

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Robert J. Giesler

Vice President, Cyber Programs, SAIC

Presented by the Cyber Security Club

Cyber warfare expert Bob Giesler will round up current trends in US government cyber policy and strategy, and discuss the real face of cyber military operations. He will explore the aphorism that “a good defense requires a good offense.” Emphasizing the strategic imperative of public awareness, Giesler will suggest that invoking the image of a “Cyber Pearl Harbor,” as seen in the CNN broadcast “Cyber Shockwave,” is bad public policy.

About the Speaker

Robert J. Giesler is vice president and corporate executive agent for Cyber Programs, SAIC. He is responsible for developing corporate strategies, programs, and investments in the cyber domain. Earlier, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service and served as director for Information Operations and Strategic Studies, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In his military and civil service careers, Giesler contributed to the information operations (IO) and cyber operations fields directed against strategic targets, participated in the first Information Warfare Net Assessment panel as well as all Joint IO Campaign Plans in the last 25 years. Giesler consults for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; Vice Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff; and the Deputy Director, Global Operations, Joint Staff with a focus on information operations. He is chair, Information Operations Steering Committee for the Electronic Warfare and Information Operations Association (Old Crows).  A graduate of the University of Maryland and the Defense Intelligence College Postgraduate Intelligence Program, Giesler has received numerous awards, including The Legion of Merit, Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.