Tech Titans and National Security: West Coast Edition

Hoover Institution—David & Joan Traitel Building
435 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California
January 17, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


The National Security Institute, Federalist Society’s International & National Security Law Practice Group, and the Hoover Institution hosted the second “The Tech Titans and National Security” Symposium.

The leading technology and Internet-based companies are dominant forces in the economic and cultural development of the era. They also have a vital role to play in cybersecurity and national security. This Symposium brought together a range of people at the vital center of developing rules and parameters on these issues to debate and discuss how we might succeed in this area.

Panel I — The Tech Titans’ Role in Cybersecurity

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  — Hauck Auditorium

This panel focused on questions such as what measures major companies can take, individually or collectively, to prevent, detect, mitigate and halt imminent or in-progress cyberattacks, such as the WannaCry attack, which spread around the globe, infecting over 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. What else can they do to enhance collective cybersecurity? What resources are available to them? What other resources are needed? What legal protections are necessary and appropriate?


Prof. Richard Epstein, Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law; Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law

Jacob Crisp, Director, Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft

Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor, NSI Founder, and Director, National Security Law & Policy Program, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University and Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

Ms. Katie Moussouris, Founder and CEO, Luta Security

Mr. Mark Ryland, Director, Office of the CISO, Amazon Web Services

Panel 2 — The Tech Titans’ and Assisting the Government

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Hauck Auditorium

It is difficult to imagine any criminal acts, espionage, or terrorism that does not leave some form of cyber fingerprints. As corporate citizens, to what extent can and should the companies cooperate in supporting criminal, intelligence, and counterintelligence operations? What should their duties be, if any, to combat information warfare conducted by foreign governments or terrorist organizations? What incentives can be created to encourage them? What are the challenges to working collaboratively with the government on these issues? Are compliance regimes necessary and, if not, how should we ensure that companies and the government are able to work together effectively on such issues?


Mr. Matthew R. A. Heiman, Senior Fellow, National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Mr. Matt Olsen, Chief Trust and Security Officer, Uber

Hon. Ted Ullyot, former General Counsel, Facebook

Prof. John C. Yoo, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Emanuel Heller Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley