Readers recall the November 8 post that cited a White House move to secure $436 million forÂ cybersecurity initiatives. Thereâ€™s been little news about the development since, but Iâ€™m hoping to glean more details on the 24th.
The president sent his request to Speaker Pelosi on November 6th explaining the requested budget change. Its unclear if the new cyber initiative will reside wholly at the Department of Homeland Security, the intel community, or at DOD. Each has a stake, to be sure, but it depends on how cybersecurity is defined. Are we interested in securing the private sector-owned cyber infrastructure (DHS)? Will we emphasize the use of the internet as a source of secrets and detecting plots (IC)? Or are we protecting government assets and countering attacks on them (DOD)?
We may get some light shed on the subject when Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Staff Director at the House Homeland Security Committee, and Andy Purdy, former Director of DHSâ€™s National Cyber Security Division speak over breakfast on January 24th as part of the â€œCyberspace and Homeland Security: Vulnerability and Opportunityâ€ event at Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
RSVP for the event with organizer Gordon Platt via firstname.lastname@example.org
The event runs from 8-930 and is moderated by Scott Greiper, Managing Director of investment firm Legend Merchant Group, Inc. Gordon has two other panelists lined up: David Bodenheimer, a Partner at Crowell & Moring who focuses on government, and Jody Westby, the CEO of Global Cyber Risk.
Iâ€™ll be on travel, so Iâ€™ll rely on you all to tell me how it goes. Email me with input (jonah.hlswatch [at] gmail [dot] com).