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cyber-security panel, inher circle, Kristen Eichensehr, Fadi Chehad, Hilary Schneider

Cyber-Security & the Dark Web

February 2017

In this information-packed evening, we met and talked with industry leaders about navigating the digital world and the very real and pervasive risks that we face as individuals, companies and nations.

In 2007, what experts consider "Web War I" took place in Estonia when Russia flooded national networks, shutting down newspapers, financial institutions and communications.Ten years later, we are even more reliant on the Internet and smart devices are everywhere.


Our expert panel discussed the regulation of the internet, as well as legislative efforts to protect our privacy, and discussed the dark web, its hidden dangers, and how our data can be tracked or used. And if our information is compromised, what rights do we have? What can we do?



  • Fadi Chehadé, Chairman and CEO at Chehadé & Company, former CEO of ICANN, the global authority managing the world's Internet, advisor to Chairman of the World Economic Forum


  • Kristen Eichensehr, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests center on international, foreign relations, and national security law issues, including cybersecurity.


  • HiIary Schneider, former CEO of Lifelock, Inc., former EVP of Yahoo! Americas, and former CEO of Knight Ridder Digital, Red Herring Communications and Times Mirror Interactive


  • Panel Moderator—Jessica Yellin, journalist, author, former CNN Chief White House correspondent


Estimated profits from cyber-crime in 2015. (1)


Number of smart devices projected to be connected as the Internet of Things by 2020. (2) 


of countries surveyed are now "distrusters" (less than 50% trust) according to the 2017 Edelman Global Trust Survey. (3)


Fadi Chehadé and Kristen Eichensehr


Dean Jennifer Mnookin—UCLA School of Law


Dean Jennifer Mnookin, inher circle founder Beth Friedman, Hilary Schneider—former CEO Lifelock, Jessica Yellin


Beth Friedman, Jacquelyn Herzig and guest


Lenore Greenberg, Dean Jennifer Mnookin and Bernard Greenberg


Guest, Terry Hamermesh and CeCe Feiler


Patty Newburger and Barbara Guggenheim


Laurie MacCaskill, Joan Hotchkiss and Goli Ameri


Randa Al Akkad and Lorna Auerbach


Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Dr. Ava Shambam


Mary Wells


Hilary Schneider—former CEO of Lifelock


Beth Friedman and Haifaa Al Mansour


Beth Friedman with Lorna Auerbach and Randa Al Akkad


June Yip, Joan Chu Reese and Andrea Bacon


Allie and Sheryl Rosenfield


Keep learning.


Our panelists shared staggering issues and statistics regarding personal privacy, cyber-security, the dark web and the Internet of Things (IoT). ​Below is a selection of resources to keep learning and share with others.

In partnership with

THE ONLINE TRUST ALLIANCE. OTA is a charitable organization with the mission to enhance online trust and empower users, while promoting innovation and the vitality of the internet. They have extensive resources and best practices, like this personal Checklist for Enhancing the Security, Privacy and Safety of Your Connected Devices.

(3) The 2017 EDELMAN TRUST BAROMETER reveals that the general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, a phenomenon not reported since Edelman began tracking trust among this segment in 2012. Read highlights in the Executive Summary.

(2) The “INTERNET OF THINGS” is exploding and changing the way we live and work. Intel explains "old stuff", "new stuff" and "stuff yet to come" like man-machine mind meld. Take a look at their infographic.

A GUIDE to the internet of things

GETTING SMART ABOUT TV DATA SHARING. Did you know that Vizio recently paid $2M in fines for secretly collecting data through its TVs without consumers' consent or knowledge? This article explains the personal risks and legal implications, and shares a Consumer Reports link on how to turn off smart TV snooping features.    

WHAT CYBER-SECURITY INSIDERS DISCUSSED AT DAVOS 2017. A kind of change that’s close to home is threats to our everyday lives and businesses from cyber-attacks, a hot topic in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Experts aired their concerns at the summit and here’s what came up most often. 

TED Talk—Caleb Barlow, IBM's Cyber crime fighter.


Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. (1)

Can we build artificial intelligence without losing control of it? What is the role of human morals when it comes to machine intelligence? How can apps know how we feel? Explore advances and implications in artificial intelligence with a playlist of eight popular TED Talks.

Artificial Intelligence


Playlist (8 talks)

Listen to select highlights from our cyber-security panel discussion.

Download TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF and what you can do to protect your privacy and cyber security. (PDF)
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