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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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Are Hacking Gangs Back?

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the past year, the world has seen the emergence of Anonymous and LulzSec hacking groups. Anonymous, a "hacktivist" group that claims it hacks for its ideals, has attacked the Spanish national police, a Turkish government site, Iran, Sony, PayPal, and Mastercard. Today, the group says it will initiate "operation ...

E3: Cybersecurity Hits Gaming, Opportunity Exposed

June 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the annual trade show for computer and video games, is underway in Los Angeles. As the show opened, Sony Computer Entertainment America took the opportunity to apologize for the cyberbreach that crippled the Playstation Network during the past several weeks. Meanwhile, Nintendo was also attacked ...

Cybersecurity Recommendations

June 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Center for a New American Security released a two-volume report today on cybersecurity entitled "America's Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age." In the acknowledgments, the authors thank the "more than 200 people who generously contributed their time and expertise to the project." The report has numerous ...

Cyber Attention: Why Now?

May 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, at least four hearings in Congress tackled cybersecurity issues. The week kicked off with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, "Protecting Cyberspace: Assessing the White House Proposal." On Wednesday, the House had a trio of hearings, including Judiciary's "Cybersecurity: Innovative Solutions to Challenging Problems," Science, ...

Reitinger Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

May 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Various media outlets are reporting that Philip Reitinger, the deputy undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is resigning. National Journal released an email Reitinger sent to DHS employees this afternoon: I have decided that the time has come for me to move on from the ...

White House Cyber Proposal: First Impressions

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After much anticipation,the White House released its cyber proposal today. It has mostly been kept under wraps (with leaks here and there), despite being vetted through multiple agencies. In releasing the proposal, the White House said, "The proposed legislation is focused on improving cybersecurity for the American people, our Nation's ...

SEC - Cyber Enforcer?

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of Senators, lead by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, sent a letter Wednesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission advising the agency to construct regulations and guidelines for companies to follow when reporting data breaches and whether intellectual property or trade secrets have been stolen. Also signing ...

Facebook's Token Leak

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reps. Edward Markey and Joe Barton, co-chairs of the House privacy caucus, sent a letter to Facebook on Wednesday regarding a privacy/security vulnerability discovered by Symantec and reported by the Wall Street Journal. Facebook's hundreds of thousands of applications have apparently been leaking "access tokens" to third parties. Access tokens ...

Amazon Crash Lesson: Innovate but Verify

April 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the federal government continues its efforts to expand into cloud and innovative technologies, the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) crash of last week reminds us of the need to "innovate but verify" as we move to the next realm of technologies. Today, Amazon issued a 5,700 word explanation of ...

Where is the Security in Today's Executive Order?

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama signed an Executive Order today -- Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service -- which aims to improve the quality and efficiency of IT-related services provided by the government to the public. The order requires each agency to develop within 180 a customer service plan to address how ...