Bringing order to cyber's wild, wild West: The future of data privacy and data security



14 April 2015


University of Sydney

Fresh from President Obama’s Cyber Security Summit at Stanford University, former US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, discussed the security and privacy challenges facing internet users, and how the United States plans to address them. The visionaries who developed the internet, never expected that one day this system would carry virtually all of our nations’ critical infrastructure and sensitive personal data. While governments have now developed some effective security measures, the private sector has often lagged, potentially leaving vital systems – banks, utilities, water supplies, and transportation grids – vulnerable to malicious attacks. A recent summit hosted by President Obama offered a candid assessment of the challenges posed, and it produced new commitments to deploy advanced technologies, collaborations, and regulations to keep the internet safe and secure. Ambassador Bleich shared insights from the summit and prospects for taming the internet’s wild, wild West.


  • Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich
    Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich
    Former US Ambassador to Australia

    Jeffrey Bleich is a former US Ambassador to Australia. He was previously a Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.