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Connected and Secure in the Indo-Pacific

Cyber security

Event details:

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Pepperdine University 
Villa Graziadio Executive Center

For more information please email sppevents@pepperdine.edu, or call 310.506.7490.

Challenges, Threats, and Opportunities for Quad Cyber Security

Join Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy and The Heritage Foundation for an interactive symposium on the overall cybersecurity landscape in the Indo-Pacific, focusing especially on the challenges to Quad partners Australia, India, and Japan. 

Topics will include current and future state of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, lessons learned from the war in Ukraine, furthering opportunities for cooperation, cyber workforce development, and interaction between the private and government sectors.

Program Schedule

  • 9:30 AM — Check-in
  • 10:00 AM — Keynote Address: “Opportunities Abound for Quad Cybersecurity” with Moderated Discussion”
  •  10:45 AM — Break  
  • 11:00 AM — Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker 

  Bill Evanina

Former Director
National Counterintelligence and Security Center 

Bill Evanina was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2020 to be the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Evanina served as the Director of NCSC since June 2, 2014. In this position, he was the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the U.S. Government.  

Evanina was responsible for leading and supporting the CI and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and U.S. private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. Under NCSC, he oversaw national-level programs and activities such as the National Insider Threat Task Force; personnel security and background investigations; information technology protection standards and compliance; CI cyber operations; supply chain risk management; threat awareness to sectors of the US critical infrastructure; national-level damage assessments from espionage or unauthorized disclosures, CI mission management, and national CI and security training programs. 

Under Evanina’s leadership, NCSC produced the President’s National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020, which has been instrumental in raising foreign intelligence threat awareness to critical infrastructure sectors and the private sector executives regarding supply chain, economic security, cyber, and malign foreign influence. 

Evanina chaired the National Counterintelligence Policy Board, and the Allied Security and Counterintelligence Forum comprised of senior CI and security leaders from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.  Mr. Evanina also served as Chair of the NATO Counterintelligence Panel.  

Prior to his selection as the Director of NCSC, Evanina served as the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterespionage Group. 

Evanina previously served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he led operations in both the Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Divisions.

Evanina served over 31 years of distinguished federal service, 24 of which as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the start of his law enforcement career in 1996, he investigated organized crime and violent crimes through the FBI’s Newark Field Office. He then served on an FBI SWAT unit for 10 years, ultimately supervising this unit. He led some of the highest profile terrorism investigations in our nation’s history including the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax attacks, and the Daniel Pearl kidnapping. During his tenure with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Evanina was selected as a Supervisory Special Agent and received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for his leadership in the investigation into convicted spy Leandro Argoncillo. 

Evanina’s government career began in 1989 as a Project Manager with the General Services Administration, in Philadelphia. 

Evanina was born and raised in Peckville, PA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University in Philadelphia. 

Evanina currently serves as Founder and CEO of the Evanina Group advising CEOs and Board of Directors on strategic corporate risk. 


  Gulshan Rai

Distinguished Fellow
Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) and
First National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India

Dr. Gulshan Rai was India’s first National Cyber Security Coordinator, Govt of India and based at the office of the Prime Minister. Earlier, he handled different responsibilities at Meity and also headed CERT India, STQC and ERNET under MeitY. Rai was a member of the high powered committee which laid down the blueprint of the Indian Computer Emergency Response team set up in 2004. Rai played an instrumental role in the drafting of Information Technology Act,2000, its amendments in 2008 and rules thereunder, framing of National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 and international negotiations on cyber norms. Rai was a member of the Expert Committee under Justice Shree Krishna. Rai is on the board of several companies.

  Mihoko Matsubara

Chief Cybersecurity Strategist
NTT Corporation 

Mihoko Matsubara is Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation, Tokyo. Matsubara is responsible for public advocacy to strengthen or expand networks with global thought leaders in academia, government, and industry by sharing NTT’s and Japan’s cybersecurity efforts. Matsubara worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense before pursuing an MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on a Fulbright in Washington DC. She is Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum and Associate Fellow for Cyber at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. Matsubara’s cybersecurity book in Japanese published by Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd. received an award by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications in JFY 2021.


Organized by Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy and The Heritage Foundation