The Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University will host a live discussion with The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Nielsen will reflect on how 9/11 shaped the Department’s mission, and will lay out how the Department is adapting to address emerging threats to the homeland.
Before her confirmation as DHS Secretary, Nielsen was a senior member of the Resilience Task Force of the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security Committee at George Washington University.
This year will mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in response to the 9/11 attacks. The Department’s primary mission is to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil but has an evolving role in the U.S. government. The DHS unified and integrated 22 different federal departments and agencies under one roof.
While the DHS has largely focused on federal preparations and procedures to deal with terrorism it does have other roles and duties including border security, customs and emergency management, human trafficking and cyber crimes. The department also plans security for major public events designated to be National Special Security Events (NSSEs) which include the Super Bowl and the president's State of the Union Address.
Live streaming will begin Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9:00AM ET (8:00AM CT)
Live streaming by GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security / YouTube