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Painter to Close Google-UMD Cybersecurity Seminar Series

The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series will close out the spring 2012 semester on April 19th at 5:30 p.m. by featuring Christopher Painter (above, photo), the Cyber Coordinator at the US Department of State.

Chris Painter, Cyber Coordinator at the US Department of State, will speak on April 19 at 5:30 pm in the Atrium of Van Munching Hall. The title of his talk will be “International Issues and Engagement in Cybersecurity.”

The events are free and open to the campus community and friends in industry, government and non-profit organizations. Registration is required.

Guests can register for the April 19 talk by Chris Painter by email at:

Bio: Chris Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for twenty years. Most recently, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the National Security Staff. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President's Cyberspace Policy Review and subsequently served as Acting Cybersecurity Coordinator. He coordinated the development of a forthcoming international strategy for cyberspace and chaired high-level interagency groups devoted to international and other cyber issues.

Mr. Painter began his federal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles where he led some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime prosecutions in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. He subsequently helped lead the case and policy efforts of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the F.B.I.'s Cyber Division. For over ten years, Mr. Painter has been a leader in international cyber issues. He has represented the United States in numerous international fora, including Chairing the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup since 2002. He has worked with dozens of foreign governments in bi-lateral meetings and has been a frequent spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.

The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series is organized by the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, a multidisciplinary initiative at the University of Maryland advancing innovative research, education, and technology development in cybersecurity. The Google seminar series features diverse speakers from industry, academia, and government, addressing a broad range of topics related to cybersecurity, including technology, policy, and economics, placing special emphasis on “the human factor” of cybersecurity. For more information, please visit

April 2, 2012

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