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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Clearer Lines for Government Action?

October 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance regarding disclosure obligations relating to cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents. While I am still pondering the efficacy of the SEC guidelines and will write more on that topic later this week, the key issue is that companies should "disclose the risk...

BRT: Business Cares About Cybersecurity

October 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Business Roundtable on Monday Tuesday unveiled a cybersecurity strategy to "to protect U.S. economic and national security from growing global cybersecurity threats." Drawing from dozens of existing reports, strategies, and roadmaps, the new plan takes the perspective of top level CEOs. A BRT report entitled "Mission Critical: A Public-Private...

House GOP Cyber Task Force Touts Industry Leadership

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force released its long-awaited recommendations today explaining why "the House should devote time and energy to an issue that is not at the top of the public's expressed priorities." The report notes that cybersecurity should be a priority because cyber is a major national security...

Governing the Global Information Space

September 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier today, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev told the UN General Assembly during its opening session that the world needed "an international legal framework of the global information space." He noted that there was not a "single international convention or multilateral treaty" that governed "information processes." Consequently, he said, it should...

The Sisyphean Task

September 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who thought himself more clever than the Gods and was condemned for eternity to roll a rock up a hill, only to see it roll back down each time he almost completed his task. During the last several days, as I listened in...

Sony Hires Former DHS Infrastructure Protection Chief

September 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sony announced this morning that it had hired Phil Reitinger, former deputy under secretary for infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, as senior vice president and chief information security officer. The hire comes after Sony suffered several months of bad press and bad luck after being hit by hackers,...

Brookings Report Tackles Cybercrime

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Brookings Institution released a report this week written by Noah Shachtman entitled, "Pirates of the ISP: Tactics for Turning Online Crooks into International Pariahs." It tackles what to do about cybercrime and those who perpetrate it. Specifically, Shachtman suggests thirteen steps that must be taken to combat cybercrime: Begin...

Government Faces Challenges in Cybersecurity Efforts

July 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow These are difficult days on the cybersecurity front. On Monday, GAO released a report, Defense Department Cyber Efforts: DOD Faces Challenges In Its Cyber Activities, which raised questions about whether Defense can fully address cyber threats. And just last Friday, over at the Department of Homeland Security, US-CERT Director Randy...

Cybersecuity Panel?

July 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senator John McCain has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a "Select Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks" to lead the charge on drafting a comprehensive cybersecurity bill. In a letter he raises concerns that jurisdictional bickering has made it impossible...

War or Ecological Disaster? The Search for a Cyber Analogy

July 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a continual discussion in policy circles about whether cybersecurity should be discussed in terms of war or as the online equivalent of an ecosystem. Advocates of the first analogy, mainly defense types and those who believe a cyber Pearl Harbor is coming, describe cybersecurity as involving attacks, compromises,...

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