October 25, 2019

Cybersecurity Coalition Continues Growth, Holds Policy Day with Top Cybersecurity Leaders


Contact: Bri Law blaw@venable.com

Cybersecurity Coalition Continues Growth, Holds Policy Day with Top Cybersecurity Leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2019 — The Cybersecurity Coalition announced the addition of two new members at yesterday’s CyberNextDC policy day. The Coalition is pleased to welcome CybelAngel and Karamba Security – further expanding the Coalition’s international membership base. The event was hosted by the Cybersecurity Coalition, the Cyber Threat Alliance, and the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law at the offices of Venable LLP.

The event was held as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the afternoon panel on stalkerware, the Coalition and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) announced their partnership to encourage companies to increase their flagging of stalkerware and for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to bring more cases against the individuals and companies that create and market the illegal technology. A statement can be found here.

Among the event’s distinguished panelists, six keynote speakers highlighted the current state of cybersecurity and identified forward thinking approaches to improve cybersecurity.

“The steps that the Dept. of Homeland Security has taken, including CISA, are positive. We are creating a culture that is moving us forward on cybersecurity.”

  • Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas

“The state of federal government cybersecurity is in a much better spot than it was four years ago. There is a lot more work to be done. We have identified our five priority areas: Government networks, election security, soft target security, industrial control system security, and 5g deployment.”

  • Chris Krebs, Director, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

“Agencies were not prioritizing vulnerabilities, not at their fault because of many competing priorities. The work that CISA has been able to do has gotten government agency patching critical vulnerabilities timetable down from over 100 days to 24 days.”

  • Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

“As far as our priorities, supply chain risk management is one – we’ve had success but need to get them institutionalized. Election security is a big priority for this year, and every year. Cyber workforce is a place we also need to focus on – we’ve piloted a cybersecurity reskilling academy and planning on finding ways to scale it.”

  • Grant Schneider, Federal Chief Information Security Officer; Senior Director for Cybersecurity, National Security Council

“One priority initiative in our national cyber strategy it to talk to partners and allies around the world in regard to state behavior in cyberspace.”

  • Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State

“Education and awareness can prevent someone from becoming a cyber victim. 50% of Cybercrime Support Network’s referrals are from 911 – meaning we are taking pressure off the system.”

  • Kristin Judge, CEO and president, Cybercrime Support Network

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The mission of the Cybersecurity Coalition is to bring together leading companies to help policymakers develop consensus-driven policy solutions that promote a vibrant and robust cybersecurity ecosystem; support the development and adoption of cybersecurity innovations; and encourage organizations of all sizes to take steps to improve their cybersecurity. For more information, visit www.cybersecuritycoalition.org.

Coalition members include AT&T, Cisco, Citrix, CybelAngel, Cybereason, Intel, Karamba Security, McAfee, Mozilla, Netscout, Palo Alto Networks, Rapid7, Red Hat, Schneider Electric, Symantec, and Tenable.