Bill Hagestad, LtCol


China's Use of Computers as a Strategic Weapon System 

During "China's Use of Computers as a Strategic Weapon System" attendees will learn firsthand from the only Westerner to have met the authors of Unrestricted Warfare, Lieutenant General Qiao Liang & Wang Xiao Sui, People's Liberation Army (PLA); about the cultural, diplomatic, intelligence, economic & military motivations behind China's cyber warfare initiatives. The presenter is a visiting mutual military scholar with the PLA';s number one military think tank, thus, the narrative of this presentation is authentic, timely and actionable for attendees regarding China's Use of Computers as a Strategic Weapon System 

Bill Hagestad 

Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Retired) Bill Hagestad a field experienced international cyber warfare officer. Specializing in both defensive & offensive cyber operations. He teaches cyber intelligence & protecting critical infrastructure at one of the National Security Agencies’ Cyber Centers of Excellence.  

He is an internationally registered white hat hacker as well as an internationally recognized & respected authority on the People’s Republic of China’s use of computer and information network systems as a weapon. He speaks internationally on the subject of China’s hegemony in the information age.   

In 2012, Bill’s first book “21stCentury Chinese Cyber Warfare” debuted. In 2013 he published another seminal work about the People’s Republic of China’s Cyber Activities “Operation Middle Kingdom: China's Use of Computers & Networks as a Weapon System”. In 2014, Bill has also published both “Chinese Information Warfare Doctrine Development 1994 – 2014”; and, “China's Plans for Winning Information Confrontation: Important Chinese Information Warfare Articles - Information Confrontation”.   

In August 2015, Bill published “Chinese Cyber Crime” a view into the Chinese hacking underworld and a 2nd edition in February 2016. Lieutenant Colonel Hagestad provides current cyber threat assessments to international defense, intelligence and law enforcement entities. He speaks both domestically and internationally on strategic information security threats Chinese Cyber Threat. In 2020 the 2nd edition of China’s Use of Computer Systems as a Strategic Weapon was published.                                                               

Bill’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese, with minor emphasis in Classical Chinese and Modern Japanese, University of Minnesota. He earned a Master of Science in Military Strategy from the US Marine Corps Command & Staff College in 2002. He holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in the Management of Technology from the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota.  

Bill is also the author of “21st Century Chinese Cyber Warfare”, ISBN 978-1849283342 published in 2012, and 2013: “Operation Middle Kingdom: China's Use of Computers & Networks as a Weapon System ISBN: 978-1482577105 and Chinese Cyber Crime 2016, 2nd edition ISBN: 978-1523816552   

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