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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security hosted a discussion Feb. 20 on cybersecurity and the law at a breakfast meeting, held at the University Club in Washington, D.C. Speakers were Daniel Sutherland, associate general counsel for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), and Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of Cybersecurity and Communications for the NPPD. The discussion was filmed by C-Span, and can be found at this link.
Sutherland said that five recent pieces of legislation, executive orders and legislative proposals provide DHS with new authorities in the cybersecurity arena. Ozment explained that for a long time, cybersecurity at DHS was in “start-up mode,” but that the agency has now come into its own.
“We have such a level of capability now that we have extraordinary demand from our customers,” he said, adding that NPPD “customers” are:
“We used to have to go out and really sell people on what we could do for them, and now they’re beating down the door,” Ozment said.
Sutherland said that there are three areas where DHS makes a unique contribution:
Ozment said that when a customer brings him in to help after a cyberattack, “they know that by bringing me on-site, my only motivation is to help get the bad guys off their networks and get the company back on (its) feet again.”
Sutherland and Ozment then outlined five recent pieces of legislation, executive order and legislative proposals that provide DHS with new authorities in the cybersecurity arena.