The cybersecurity company FireEye has chosen noted “home-brew server” expert Hillary Clinton to keynote their Cyber Defense Summit in Washington D.C., this Fall, where she will engage in an “intimate” (but I’m guessing carefully screened) “Q&A keynote discussion.”
We are pleased to announce that Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be a featured keynote at our #FireEyeSummit in October! Secretary Clinton will engage in an intimate Q&A keynote discussion with Kevin Mandia.
— FireEye (@FireEye) May 30, 2019
“Topics that Hillary’s speech will cover include, ‘How to Set Up a Home-Brew Internet Server’ and ‘Forwarding Classified Materials to the Maid to Print Out’ and ‘How to BleachBit Your BlackBerries,’ quipped OANN’s Emerald Robinson on Twitter.
Robinson was referring to the Clinton email scandal that dogged her campaign in 2015 and 2016, and probably contributed to her defeat.
In March of 2015, Hillary Clinton’s Platte River IT team famously used a special program known as BleachBit to delete her private emails and prevent their recovery, making her an authority of sorts on how to secure work files from federal investigators. Although, Clinton at the time played dumb, pretending she didn’t know what it meant to “wipe” a server.
“What, like with a cloth or something?” Clinton said when asked about the issue in 2015. “I don’t know how it works digitally at all,” she said.
On its website, FireEye touted Clinton, along with other “informative and insightful” “industry thought leaders” speaking at the event.
“Take this opportunity to share best practices, learn about the latest advancements, and enhance your cyber preparedness,” said FireEye. “Cyber security is not any one defender’s responsibility, but a global effort – a cause championed by many for the good of all.”
By coming together as a community to innovate, build strategies and share knowledge on today’s threats and tomorrow’s risks, we empower ourselves as defenders with the collective wisdom to protect our way of life and the technologies that have become central to it …
Cyber Defense Summit will feature breakout sessions across three tracks:
- Executive Track: What managers, executives, lawyers, and boards of directors need to know about cyber security
- Technical Track: What security practitioners need to know to mitigate, detect, and respond to cyber attacks
- Solutions Track: How FireEye solutions are used on the front lines of cyber security
Clinton has in several recent appearances, blamed her 2016 loss partly to Russian cyber activities, even going so far as to complain that the election was “stolen” from her.
“I think it’s also critical to understand that, as I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” the former secretary of state said on May 4, during a stop in Los Angeles on the “Evening with the Clintons” tour.
“What we saw in this election particularly the first time we had the tech revolution really weaponized politically,” she said at the annual Code Conference in California on Wednesday. “It was aimed at me but it’s a much deeper, more persistent effort to literally turn the clock back on so much of what we have achieved as a country.”
When asked who she thought was responsible for directing the Russians, Clinton replied, “I’m leaning Trump.”
FireEye is the same company that recently identified an Iran-linked disinformation campaign that sought to influence the 2018 midterm election to the benefit of Democrats.
A network of fake social media accounts impersonated political candidates and journalists to spread messages in support of Iran and against U.S. President Donald Trump around the 2018 congressional elections, cybersecurity firm FireEye said on Tuesday.
The Iranian disinfo campaign also managed to trick a number of publications into publishing fake letters to the editor and blogs, according to the firm.
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