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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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More Than Critical Infrastructure Is at Stake in Cyber Debates

August 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Congress and the Administration continue to debate how to tackle critical infrastructure protection and information sharing in legislation and potential executive orders, other areas demanding cybersecurity continue to grow. These areas are not necessarily specifically addressed in the existing proposed legislation or regulatory action but are ones with which ...

On the Goal Line: Senate Cybersecurity Bill

July 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to proceed on cybersecurity legislation this afternoon, after many observers were debating whether he would move to do so on Thursday or Friday. Throughout the week, many of the leading Democratic Senators have been calling for the passage of a compromise bill constructed by ...

DNSChanger Doomsday? Not on Monday.

July 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yesterday, tens of thousands of Internet users turned on their computers, wondering if they would be able to connect to the Web. By evening, news stories were asking was the DNSChanger Doomsday Virus the biggest overblown computer threat since Y2K? What was the Doomsday Virus? It is a piece of ...

July Fireworks: Senate May Take Up Cybersecurity, But Then What?

June 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a lot of chatter on and around Capitol Hill about the possibility that the Senate will be taking up cybersecurity in July. It is unclear at this point which bill or issues will make it to the floor or even if any effort will garner enough support to ...

Battling Zombies and Botnets

May 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration and major industry groups unveiled a new initiative Wednesday to battle the increasing number of networked computers that are being transformed into botnets. A botnet is a collection of computers that have been made into the tech equivalent of zombies -- computers that have been taken over ...

Flaming the World: A Redefining Moment for Cybersecurity

May 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yesterday, Kapersky Labs broke news of Flame, cybersecurity malware that is described as the most sophisticated and complicated cyber code researchers have yet seen. The code is capable of sniffing information sent to and from a computer, capturing screen shots, recording keystrokes, turning on microphones, using Bluetooth for transmission and ...

Are We Experiencing a Cybersecurity Ebb Tide?

May 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the past, I have written on the ebbs and flows of government interest in cybersecurity, dating back to as early as 1998. For the last 14 years we have seen the government turn its attention to cyber, stressing the need for action, only to turn its attention elsewhere in ...

Innovation Depends on Network and Data Security

May 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Friday, Reps. Gerry Connolly and Elijiah Cummings held a public forum in Fairfax County entitled “How Far Have We Come? Exploring Advancements of Data Consolidation, Cloud Computing, and Other Top Priorities of the Technology Community.” The Congressman organized the forum to explore how Congress could help the government become ...

House Cyber Legislation: Debunking the SOPA Myth

April 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In January, an Internet phenomenon never experienced in D.C. before lead to the presumed death of two bills: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protection IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. The two bills, which pitted content providers (e.g. Hollywood) against tech companies (e.g. Silicon ...

What Role Should Government Play in Securing Cyberspace?

April 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As cybersecurity hits the House floor this week, the debate over what role the government should play in efforts to secure cyberspace will be front and center. On one side are those who believe that the federal government should be engaged in encouraging, if not requiring, critical infrastructure owners and ...