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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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...

Hill Cyberfest Leaves Out Key Cybersecurity Players

April 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What if there was a cybersecurity party and you weren't invited? You weren't invited even though the party is in your house and you are all about cybersecurity? That's what the House Homeland Security Committee Republicans, led by Reps. Peter King and Dan Lungren, experienced yesterday when the Committee marked...

Cybersecurity is Coming! Cybersecurity is Coming!

April 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As widely reported, next week will be busy as the House takes up a series (probably) of cybersecurity bills as part of the House Republican Leadership's designated "Cybersecurity Week." Several months ago, I wondered aloud what the House would do on cyber, as the Senate seemed poised and ready to...

Cloud Security: Look to the Mainframe

April 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With all the talk about cloud computing, a number of questions have arisen about how secure the cloud really is. Personally, I'm not that concerned. If implemented properly, cloud security may actually be better for cybersecurity if but for one reason: we've been down this road before. While some may...

Anonymous: The Bogeyman of the Hacker World

March 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, a new operating system -- Anonymous-OS -- based on the Linux OS, emerged. A 1.5 GB file was distributed on SourceForge, allegedly created by Anonymous "for educational purposes, to checking (sic) the security of web pages... Please don't use any tool to destroy any Web page." More than...

New York Blackouts -- Deja Vu?

March 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because our critical infrastructure is so completely integrated, with the power out for even a day or two, both food and water supply soon fail. Transportation systems would be at a standstill. Wastewater could not be pumped away... In time natural gas pressure would decline... communications would be spotty or...

Upcoming Senate Cyber Bill: No SOPA Here Folks...

February 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the last couple of days, a number of blogs and stories have popped up questioning whether the Senate cybersecurity legislation to be introduced next week incorporates the ill-fated SOPA/PIPA legislation or is somehow going to harm the Internet as many claimed SOPA/PIPA would. Now, I have reviewed the drafts...

Cyber Legislation 101: Keeping Track of the Moving Pieces

February 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, the House Homeland Security Committee marked up the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE Act, H.R. 3674), sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. The bill tackles multiple cybersecurity issues and creates a new information sharing organization entitled NISO. Next week the Energy and Commerce...

Cybersecurity - What are the Real Privacy Concerns?

January 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Associated Press reported this morning on a study to be released by The Constitution Project that concludes Americans should be concerned about the federal government's public-private partnership efforts to share information. Specifically, the AP states that the report raises concerns about "sensitive personal information of people who work for...

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