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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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...

The Internet Equivalent of Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater

April 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic . . . The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a...

It’s Cyber Reform All Over Again

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Remember the 1993 movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray, as meteorologist Phil, finds himself in a small town, waking up each day to find that he is reliving February 2. Stuck in an infinite time loop, the same day occurs again and again. Hmmm. This week is cyberweek in the House...

Make Way for the Lone Cyber Ranger and Online Vigilantism

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As cybersecurity continues to heat up on the Hill and within the Administration, more policymakers are asking about whether the United States should be conducting cyber offensive activities to address the increasing international threat to cybersecurity. When it was revealed earlier this month that Chinese computers are conducting sweeping attacks...

As Cyber Events Pile Up, So Do the Stakes

February 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Those of us following cybersecurity were expecting 2013 to be busy. If the first two months are indicative of the rest of the year, then those expectations were well-grounded. A few of the events and reports that have garnered attention so far: The suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who...

The future of innovation is at stake in the debate over Internet freedom

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, the World Conference on International Telecommunications, organized by the International Telecommunications Union, concluded in Dubai with the passage of revisions to a 25-year-old treaty written for a telecom-focused world to include the Internet. One simple sentence caused the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and 55 other nations to...

On the Internet, the FBI knows if you’re a dog

November 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 1993, the New Yorker ran a cartoon by Peter Steiner which showed a dog sitting in a chair at a computer seemingly typing while another dog sat on the floor and looked up at him. The caption: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” As laid bare by...

BYOD can quickly become BYOM -- bring your own malware

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Increasingly, companies and the government are turning to employees to bring their iPads, iPhones, and other smartphones to work to do work. Bring your own device is a trend that is gaining momentum in both the public and private sectors. From an employer perspective it is not a bad deal...

Not All Critical Infrastructure Is Created Equal

September 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this week, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., released a letter she had sent to White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel urging the White House, as it considers issuing an Executive Order to regulate cybersecurity, to only focus on “genuinely” critical infrastructure. Specifically, Rep. Lofgren says that the order should only...

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