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Jessica Herrera-Flanigan

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan is a partner at the Monument Policy Group, where she focuses on the issues affecting our nation’s security, technology, commerce, and entertainment markets. Previously, she served as the Staff Director and General Counsel of the House Committee on Homeland Security. She also has served as Senior Counsel at the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where she led the Section’s cybercrime investigation team. She was a Member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security and is a Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security. She currently serves as the Fellow for Cybersecurity at the Center for National Policy.
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Cybersecurity May Be Going the Way of Country Music

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Late last year Entertainment Weekly writer Grady Smith compiled the YouTube video Why Country Music Was Awful in 2013, explaining “so much of what's on the radio these days sounds exactly the same!” I’m an old school country music fan (my husband likes to say I’m so old school I ...

The Internet of Things Means More Things to Hack

March 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People often ask me if I “stay off the grid” by refusing to participate in online shopping and banking and express surprise when I tell them I don't bother. "Doesn’t it scare you?" they ask. "Aren’t you worried your information will be compromised?” Yes and yes, but staying away from ...

Data Breach Epidemic: Why Are We Blaming the Victims?

January 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, the Michaels craft store chain became the fourth retailer to step forward and say that hackers had breached its computer systems and may have obtained customer information. The announcement followed those of Target, Neiman Marcus and Easton-Bell Sports, all of whose systems have been compromised in the last ...

The Adobe Breach This Week Should Get Your Attention

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yesterday, software company Adobe announced that hackers had penetrated its network, compromising the information of some 2.9 million customers as well as the source code of numerous Adobe products. Adobe's revelation was barely noted in a day crowded with news about the government shutdown and Capitol shooting. Unlike past data ...

Fallout from Snowden Leak Should Be Greater Transparency

July 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the debacle over Edward Snowden’s leak of information about alleged NSA surveillance continues to unfold, numerous cybersecurity lessons have been learned and threats revealed. The most obvious lesson, of course, is that the biggest threat to networks and systems, whether they belong to the government or the private sector, ...

Five Critical Cyber Questions for the Next DHS Chief

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement today that she plans to leave the department raises interesting questions for what is next for the government's cybersecurity efforts. She, along with recently-departed Deputy Secretary Jane Hall Lute, dedicated a significant amount of resources and time to making cybersecurity a priority for DHS. ...

The Gaming-Cyber Nexus Feds Should Explore

June 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Walking around E3, the annual video game conference and show being held this week in Los Angeles, is an experience. Innovation at its best on display throughout the LA Convention Center through Thursday. As a gamer, I was thrilled to be at the show and see the new consoles and ...

Lessons in Homeland Security

May 28, 2013 The Homeland Security Department lost one of its top voices in early May when Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute left the agency after four years. In addition to her homeland security experience, Lute has a history of public service in national security and diplomacy. During her last day on the ...

Cyber Recruiting, Country Music Style

May 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The need for skilled cybersecurity experts continues to be a priority for the U.S. government, the private sector and academia. Since the need for a skilled workforce has been stressed in traditional and non-traditional methods and publications in almost every way possible – except maybe in song – I thought ...

Lute: 'We Cannot Run Cyber Like an Intelligence Program'

May 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, the Department of Homeland Security loses one of its top voices as Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute departs the agency after four years. In addition to her experience in homeland security, Lute has a long history of public service in national security and diplomacy. I had the opportunity to ...