Hosts Broadband Breakfast Club Event ‘Cybersecurity Legislation in Congress: Where Does it Stand?’ Tuesday, February 21st, in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, Friday, February 17th, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service will hold its February 2012 Broadband Breakfast Club event. “Cybersecurity Legislation in Congress: Where Does it Stand?” on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th

WASHINGTON, Friday, February 17th, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service

will hold its February 2012

Broadband Breakfast Club


“Cybersecurity Legislation in Congress: Where Does it Stand?” on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee.

Registration is available at

http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.comThe Broadband Breakfast Club

is sponsored by Comcast, Google, ICF International (ICFI), The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and US Telecom.

The Broadband Breakfast Club

series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December).

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Videos of our previous events are available at:‘Cyber Security Legislation in Congress: Where Does it Stand?’ Event Description

The effort to move major cybersecurity legislation into the senate is longstanding. For at least three years there have been numerous hearings and dozens of legislative drafts – and yet, there are calls for more discussion and vetting.

February is turning out to be Cybersecurity Month in Washington, as multiple major cybersecurity legislative endeavors, with broad and deep implications for shoring up the US infrastructure, make their way through the house and senate. The question is, are all involved participants ready to actually move forward on this? And if so, will Congress be able to achieve sweeping cybersecurity legislation before the presidential election?

Examples of such bills include:

  • The House Homeland Security Committee marking up the “Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE), which addresses multiple cybersecurity issues and creates a new information sharing organization, NISO.
  • Energy and Commerce hearings in anticipation of the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011” which addresses information sharing.
  • The “Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011”, which addresses cybersecurity R&D, and passed through the Science and Technology Committee last year.
  • The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105), which would direct the Department of Homeland Security to assess and determine what industries to classify as “critical infrastructure.”
  • A comprehensive bill taking on FISMA reform, governmental authorities, critical infrastructure protection, R&D information sharing, data breaches and miscellaneous provisions.

Keynote Speaker:

Ari Schwartz

Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary

Internet Policy Task Force

United States Department of Commerce

Ari Schwartz serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to Commerce Secretary John Bryson.  Schwartz helps to run the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, providing input on areas such as cybersecurity, privacy, and identity management and represents the Department on a range of policy-related interagency working groups. He came to the Department of Commerce through the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he served as Senior Internet Policy Advisor for the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. Prior to his work in Government, Schwartz served over 12 years as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology. While at CDT Schwartz led the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), anti-spyware software companies, academics, and public interest groups dedicated to defeating spyware. He won both the 2006 RSA and the 2010 Online Trust Alliance awards for Excellence in Public Policy. He was also named one of the Top 5 influential IT security thinkers of 2007 by Secure Computing and an emerging leader by both Government Executive and Politico


Larry Clinton


Internet Security Alliance (ISA)

Larry Clinton is the President of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), a multi-sector trade association with membership from virtually every one of the designated critical industry sectors. The mission of the ISA is to combine advanced technology with economics and public policy to create a sustainable system of cyber security. Mr. Clinton is known for his ability to take the complicated issues in this space and explain them clearly to a wide range of audiences—professional, policy makers and the general public. He has been featured in mass media such as USA Today, the PBS News Hour, the Morning Show on CBS, Fox News, CNN’s Situation Room, C-SPAN, and CNBC.  He has also authored numerous professional journal articles on cyber security. This year he has published articles in the Cutter IT Journal, the Journal of Strategic Security and the Journal of Software Technology. Mr. Clinton is regularly called upon to testify before both the U.S. House and Senate. In 2008, ISA published its Cyber Security Social Contract, which is both the first and last source cited in the Executive Summary of President Obama’s Cyber Space Policy Review and which also cites more than a dozen ISA white papers – far more than any other source. The ISA’s pro-market, anti-regulatory approach to cyber security is outlined in its numerous publications, including the “ISA Cyber Security Social Contract,” “The Social Contract 2.0: A 21st Century Program for Effective Cyber Security,” “The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs,” and “The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask,” all of which were written by the ISA Board of Directors and edited by Mr. Clinton.

Tommy Ross

Senior Intelligence and Defense Advisor

Senator Harry Reid

Tommy Ross is Senior Intelligence and Defense Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. In this capacity, he advises Senator Reid on national security matters, serves as an ex officio staff member to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and is responsible for all compartmented “Gang of 8” intelligence matters for the Majority Leader. Prior to his service with Senator Reid, he served as Legislative Director for Rep. David Price of North Carolina’s Fourth District, and advised Rep. Price on issues relating to foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, veterans, and justice. He also provided program support for Rep. Price’s work as Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership, a congressional commission working to strengthen basic capabilities of legislatures in developing democracies. In addition, Tommy has worked as a national security policy analyst for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, an arm of the Democratic Leader’s office, and as a research assistant for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. He is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and earned an M.A. in Theology and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has also completed a certificate program through the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nick Rossi

Minority Staff Director

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Ari Schwartz

Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary

Internet Policy Task Force

United States Department of Commerce


Joseph Menn

Author, Speaker and Investigative Reporter

Technology Project Reporter, Reuters

Specializing in technology issues for Reuters, Joe previously worked for the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of the 2010 influential bestseller “Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet,” a real-life thriller that brought bring the modern face of cybercrime to a mainstream audience. “Fatal System Error” revealed new evidence of collaboration between major governments and organized cybercriminals and has been placed on the official reading list of the U.S. Strategic Command. It was named one of the ten best nonfiction works of the year by Hudson Booksellers and one of the top five business books by 1-800-CEO-READ. Compared by the New Yorker to the novels of Stieg Larsson, “Fatal System Error” has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Menn also wrote “All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster,” which was named one of the three best books of 2003 by Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. He has won two “Best in Business” awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and has been a two-time finalist for the Loeb Awards for business reporting. Menn has spoken at top security industry conferences RSA, DefCon and Black Hat DC, industry gatherings in England, Canada, Australia and Spain, and training sessions convened by US bank regulators and federal law enforcement. He is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in San Francisco.

Background on is in its fourth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on internet policy issues. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December).

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; Jonathan Adelstein, RUS Administrator; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others.

Our audiences are equally diverse.

The keynote speech is followed by a moderated panel discussion in which audience participation is encouraged.

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