The U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Interior invite you to attend a conference intended to increase awareness of the risks and shared concerns related to Chinese technology companies. An interagency panel of security experts will discuss the operational and national security risks associated with Chinese technology firms. U.S. briefings will include a case study of Nuctech, a Chinese supplier of security inspection products. Subject matter experts will address questions that include:
- What are the national security risks of working with companies like Nuctech?
- How can governments independently evaluate the security risks associated with the use of Chinese technology products?
- What can governments do to implement legislation and policy to protect against those risks?
Event schedule is as below:
09:00 Welcome & Introduction
Moderators: Nathan Bauers, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy; Silvester Soop, Advisor, Ministry of Interior
Opening remarks by:
Under Secretary Veiko Kommusaar, Ministry of Interior
Mr. Brian Roraff, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy
09:15 National security risks of untrusted vendors and mitigation options for governments
Patrick Shiflett, PhD: FBI Senior National Intelligence Officer, China
10:05 Technological assessment of Nuctech equipment
Brad Hammitt: Foreign Affairs Specialist, Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
Jason Shergur, Ph.D: Vice President of Operations at IB3 Global Solutions, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
11:00 Break & Early Lunch
12:00 Estonian Overview and Assessment of National Security Implications of Untrusted Vendors
Silvester Soop: Advisor, MOI Internal Security Policy Department
Monika Reinem: China & Asia Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Raavo Palu: Cybersecurity Legal Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
TBD: Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO)
13:00 Intelligence analysis and assessment of Nuctech (Virtual)
Luc Yves Murphy: Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
14:00 Open Forum/Q&A