The future of cyberspace in the Indo-Pacific

Presented by the United States Studies Centre and Australian Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre


8 March 2018


General Lecture Theatre K2.05, Quadrangle Building, University of Sydney


Public event

Cyberspace impacts almost all aspects of everyday life, from national security and social media to financial markets and international trade. New digital technologies are driving economic growth while others are providing avenues for illicit trade. The rules on how cyberspace is governed and who is responsible for its maintenance and operation are still being written. Some states are stamping their control over the digital world within their borders and others are using cyberspace to exert influence overseas. As open conflict in cyberspace increasingly becomes a possibility, there is an even greater need to create norms that will help underwrite stability.

Chris Painter, former US State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues and White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy, outlined the cybersecurity issues that the United States and Australia are facing and how both nations can work together to help forge a more stable digital world.

Chris Painter was in Australia as the inaugural distinguished fellow at ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC). Chris’s visit was made possible thanks to the generous support of DFAT’s Cyber Affairs Special Visits Program, Macquarie Telecom Group and ICPC core sponsors.


  • Chris Painter

    Chris has been on the vanguard of US and international cyber issues for over twenty-five years—first as a leading federal prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country, then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council and finally as the world’s first top cyber diplomat at the State Department. He has helped drive, initiated or been involved in virtually every major US cyber policy for over a decade and has created innovative new organizations and approaches to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities in cyberspace. Among other things, he currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace, a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Internet Security and has been named the Bartels World Affairs Fellow for 2017-18 by Cornell University.

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