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U.S. Attorney Hamdani to participate in discussion on national security and protecting American technologies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership and U.S. Commercial Service are hosting a forum Thursday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to support engagement for the Disruptive Technology Strike Force with business leaders in Houston.

U.S. Attorney Hamdani will participate in a session entitled Global Trade Threats and National & Economic Security featuring leadership from the Department of Justice’s National Security Division (NSD) and Department of Commerce.

Other speakers on varying topics include personnel from FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

Speakers will discuss best practices to protect U.S. companies from hidden threats that can compromise sensitive information and leave them vulnerable to a host of security attacks. Topics include global trade threats, cyber threats, theft of trade secrets, economic espionage and more.

Under the leadership of the NSD and BIS, the strike force was launched to protect U.S. advanced technologies' critical technological assets that are at risk of being illegally acquired by foreign adversaries. The strike force operates in 14 metropolitan regions across the United States including Houston and Dallas with oversight from the local U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.

According to the DOJ, nation-state adversaries such as the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Russia and North Korea can use advanced technology to enhance its military capabilities, improve calculations in weapons design and testing and develop algorithms to break encryptions that protect sensitive data and classified information.

Registration is $40 to attend and the registration form is available online. Open to the public and media, the discussions will be held at Partnership Tower, 701 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX 77010.

Click here for more information on the Disruptive Technology Strike Force.

Updated October 17, 2023