Past Event

Cybersecurity: Foreign Powers & U.S. Vulnerability

MondayOctober 29, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 PM Penn | Free Event Register Here
Jon M Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St. Room: F95
19104 Philadelphia , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US
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  • Sam Vinograd
    National Security Analyst
  • Jonathon Monken
    Senior Director of System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination
    PJM Interconnection
  • William Hederman
    Senior Fellow
    Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

With the advent of the cyber age, the world has changed. Huge bounds have been made in nearly every industry known to man, but huge vulnerabilities have been created as well. Following events like the Stuxnet hack of the Iranian nuclear program, or North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures, do we really know the extent to which digital advances have put us at risk? The emergence of cyberwarfare as a new battlefront between nations has made the importance of protecting our infrastructure and energy systems clear. Join the Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group for a moderated discussion with panelists Sam Vinograd, CNN National Security Analyst, Jonathon Monken, Senior Director for System Resilience at PJM, and a Special Agent from the FBI's Cyber Squad. The discussion will be moderated by William Hederman, Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center and former senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

Food will be served!

Speaker Biographies:

Sam Vinograd, a Penn alumna (C'06), is a CNN National Security Analyst and a Senior Advisor at the Biden Institute. She began her career in Iraq working for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and subsequently served on President Obama’s National Security Council in several roles including Director for Iraq, Director for International Economics, and Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 where her work focused on building public – private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues, and she later led Global Public Policy at Stripe. Ms. Vinograd was a featured speaker at the Aspen Security Forum and was recently named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future.” She received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Jonathon Monken is senior director of System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection. He has served as vice president of U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Acting Director of the Illinois State Police. Monken also possesses a distinguised military career having served as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. Monken earned a Bachelor of Science degree form the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

A Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's cyber unit will also provide perspective on the federal agency's role regarding cybersecurity.

William Hederman, Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, is an independent senior advisor at Deloitte and Touche. He most recently served as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, providing leadership on Department of Energy (DOE) missions to Ukraine, the Baltics, and Germany. In this position, he was also the chief architect for the analytic framework developed for DOE's groundbreaking Quadrennial Energy Review. Hederman holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree (M.P.P.) from the University of California at Berkeley.