October Cybersecurity Month: EMCS Engages RI Senator Whitehouse and Former Senior Government Officials

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the US Department of Homeland Security’s annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity through public and private sector partner events.  To support this campaign, Brown’s Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) program is engaging leading politicians and former top governmental officials throughout the month to advance our capacity as a nation to protect our data and privacy.

In addition to a packed academic agenda, EMCS Cohorts 2017 and 2018 met and spoke with a number of these thought-leaders during the October week-long residential session on the Brown University campus in Providence RI:

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shared his recommendation for a stress-test of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, a set of best practices for improving cybersecurity for entities that operate and maintain critical infrastructure. Senator Whitehouse serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and co-chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Cyber Policy Task Force.

First-ever Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker, who served under the Presidency of George W. Busy, spoke about the complexity of cyber attack attribution. Baker is currently a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

First-ever Whitehouse Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Timothy Edgar, who served under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidencies, engaged students at the launch event for his new book, Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform NSA – an insider’s perspective on the failure of national intelligence leadership that gave rise to the Snowden affair.

EMCS Program Director Alan Usas also plans to attend the Cyber Hygiene Event this Wednesday to support RI Congressman Jim Langevin’s 2017 Rhode Island Cybersecurity Tour taking place this week.

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