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From international hacking of American elections to the violation of privacy in our own homes, we are under constant surveillance—and threat. Two of today’s leading experts in cybersecurity team up for an urgent conversation about protecting our livelihood in the digital age. Kim Zetter is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered cybersecurity and national security for more than a decade, most notably for Wired. Discussing her book, Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon, which follows the story of a sophisticated virus/worm developed by the U.S. and Israel to covertly sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, Zetter will be joined by Eric Chien, a Fellow of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division. In this role, Chien leads a team of engineers and threat hunters that investigate and reverse-engineer the latest high-impact Internet security attacks—those that might hold clues to bigger trends developing or are otherwise of particular interest. Where are we most vulnerable? How do we defend our homeland and our homes from cyber attacks? Get up to speed with this ALOUD intelligence briefing.

Kim Zetter

Kim Zetter is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered cybersecurity and national security for more than a decade, most notably for Wired, where she wrote for thirteen years, and more recently for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, Washington Post, Motherboard, and Yahoo News. She has broken numerous national stories over the years about NSA and FBI surveillance, nation-state hacking attacks, election security, and more. An expert on national security, Zetter is also a leading expert on cyber warfare and wrote an acclaimed book on the topic, Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon.


Eric Chien

Eric Chien serves as a Fellow of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division. In this role, Chien leads a team of engineers and threat hunters that investigate and reverse-engineer the latest high-impact Internet security attacks–those that might hold clues to bigger trends developing or are otherwise of particular interest. Via these attack techniques and trends, he develops and drives threat intelligence and novel security solutions to prevent and mitigate against the next big attack.

As such, Chien was one of the lead authors of Symantec’s groundbreaking research on the revolutionary Stuxnet malware, and he has become one of the security industry’s foremost authorities on this threat.


Photo: “Assemble of electronic components” courtesy of TESSA, the digital collections of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Description: Pictured is the pilot line for the soldering and assembly of electronic components for computer circuit cards in Collins Radio Co.’s Information Science Center in Newport Beach, Calif., February 26, 1965.


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