Campus prepares for White House Cybersecurity Summit

Among the faculty members participating in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection are President John Hennessy, George Triantis, John Mitchell and Jennifer Granick.

The campus is actively preparing to host the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, which will take place on campus Friday, Feb. 13.

In addition to a keynote address by President Barack Obama, the daylong, invitation-only event will feature senior business, government and academic officials.  The CEOs of Apple, American Express, Pacific Gas and Electric, Kaiser Permanente, MasterCard  and AIG are among the speakers, which also include officials from the National Security Council, the National Economic Council. 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker are also slated to address the Summit.

Hundreds of tickets were made available to Stanford students through a lottery, which is now closed.

More than 200 representatives of national, international and local broadcast, print and social media are expected to attend.

Those on campus unable to attend and the public can view the event via the webcast.

While the White House is sponsoring the summit, Stanford scholars currently researching cyber-related issues will have a prominent role in these high-level discussions.

Stanford President John L. Hennessy will open the summit with welcome remarks at 8:45 a.m. in Memorial Auditorium and introduce Obama later in the morning. 

Two morning plenary sessions will draw on the experiences of corporate leaders to explore how they can work with the government to improve cybersecurity and prevent the persistent hacking incidents involving retail, healthcare, banking and government.

Later in the morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook will give remarks, followed by Hennessy, who will introduce Obama, whose address is scheduled for 11:15 to 11:45.

The summit will break just before noon, then resume at 1:30 p.m. with plenary sessions in Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center at the Graduate School of Business.

Stanford Law Professor George Triantis, chair of the steering committee and faculty director of the Stanford Cybersecurity Initiative, will introduce the afternoon portion of the summit.

John Mitchell, vice provost for teaching and learning and professor of computer science, will provide remarks before the afternoon plenary gives way to breakout sessions.

Other Stanford scholars participating in afternoon sessions include Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, who will moderate a panel titled "Chief Security Officers' Perspectives: New Ideas for Technical Security."  Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, will be a panelist in a discussion on cybersecurity information sharing.

A full agenda for the summit, which includes a list of speakers, is available on the summit website.

Expect delays and parking impacts

Commuters and visitors are encouraged to consider alternatives to driving alone on Friday. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the impacted areas and to anticipate heavy parking demand and potential traffic delays throughout campus.

Access may be restricted to Galvez Street south of Campus Drive as early as Thursday afternoon. On Friday, access will be closed all day to Galvez Street south of Campus Drive East and Serra Street between Galvez Street and Campus Drive East.

In addition, access to Oak Road will be limited. Commuters should expect partial closures of Parking Structure 5 and the Stock Farm Lot (L-18) all day. Alternative parking locations for west campus commuters include the Searsville Lot (L-22) and the Hoover Garage (Parking Structure 9).

Marguerite riders should anticipate temporary stop and route changes on Lines C, SLAC, X and Y and potential delays on most Marguerite routes.

Full details of parking impacts are posted on the Parking & Transportation Services website