Homeland Security & Defense


Panel Discussion with National Security Reporters & Commentators
Hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force
April 5, 2016
On April 5th the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force convened an excellent panel of national security reporters for an engaging discussion. WGR members were joined by Joseph Marks and Tim Starks from Politico along with Luke Hartig from the National Journal who was also the former Senior Director at the White House National Security Council. Their comments touched on variety of security concerns including the sophisticated social media campaigns of terrorist organizations and the debate around encryption and the delicate act of balancing privacy with law enforcement intelligence needs. There was also discussion about the growing interest in cyber insurance as a risk management tool as highlighted in a recent hearing on Capitol Hill and the creation of a new federal CISO role will help define cyber security responsibilities across government.


 

A Conversation with Rep. Martha McSally
Hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force
April 29, 2016

On Friday, April 29, the WGR Homeland Security & Defense Task Force held a luncheon with Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-2).  As a member of two powerful national security committees in Congress – the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee – Rep. McSally spoke about the pressing policy issues of the day, including the recently passed FY17 National Defense Authorization Act and the challenges of border security legislation.  A decorated combat veteran who broke barriers on and off the battlefield, Rep. McSally also spoke about her experiences in the military and how it helped her prepare for her current role in Congress.


Panel Discussion with National Security Reporters & Commentators
Hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force
April 5, 2016

On April 5th the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force convened an excellent panel of national security reporters for an engaging discussion. WGR members were joined by Joseph Marks and Tim Starks from Politico along with Luke Hartig from the National Journal who was also the former Senior Director at the White House National Security Council. Their comments touched on variety of security concerns including the sophisticated social media campaigns of terrorist organizations and the debate around encryption and the delicate act of balancing privacy with law enforcement intelligence needs. There was also discussion about the growing interest in cyber insurance as a risk management tool as highlighted in a recent hearing on Capitol Hill and the creation of a new federal CISO role that will help define cybersecurity responsibilities across government.


What Does CISA Law Mean for You & Other Cybersecurity Happenings with Leading Hill Staff
Hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force and Telecom, Tech & IP Task Force
January 12, 2016

On January 12, the Homeland Security & Defense Task Force and the Telecom, Tech & IP Task Force co-hosted a panel of senior Hill staffers to discuss the passage of landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which was signed into law in December. The event featured Michael Geffroy, General Counsel for the Senate Intelligence Committee; Josh Alexander, Professional Staff Member for the Senate Intelligence Committee; Brett DeWitt, Staff Director for the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies; and Diane Rinaldo, Professional Staff Member for the House Intelligence Committee. Moderator and fellow WGR member Dena Kozanas, Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Candace Miller ( R-MI, 10th), led what proved to be an informative review of the new law’s highlights and implications. Thank you to Google for hosting this great event!