Credit: Flickr/Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) organization just held an excellent summit that is worth a second look. The speakers included well-known leaders in the Intelligence Community, such as John Negroponte, Frances Fragos Townsend, US Congressman Mike Rogers and US Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
The particular session that I am referring to was called: National Security and Intelligence Operations, and it took place on September 12, 2013.
I was especially intrigued by their comments and insights regarding cybersecurity attacks against our nation, the impact of the Snowden affair and analysis and predictions regarding the ongoing need for cyber legislation. I saw this session on CSPAN this week, and the fresh content is compelling and well worth watching.
Who is INSA?
According to the INSA website:
“INSA is the premier intelligence and national security organization that provides a unique venue for collaboration, networking and examination of policy issues and solutions. Representing an unprecedented alliance among senior leaders from the public, private and academic sectors, INSA members form an unparalleled community of experts that collaborate to develop creative, innovative and timely solutions to the intelligence and national security issues facing the United States.”
The INSA website has a wealth of other good information, white papers, events and expert analysis. They handle intelligence and national security issues in a comprehensive and bipartisan manner. I definitely recommend that readers take a good look at what they have to offer.
Why was this session important?
So what was so impressive about this particular CSPAN video?
First, the passion and expertise displayed by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) on a wide range of intelligence and cybersecurity topics is beyond impressive. After watching them talk about a variety of national security issues, all I could say was “WOW!”
Second, there is bipartisan support for cyber legislation, and there remains hope that some legislation could still pass this year.
Third, Congressman Rogers gave a strong support for the National Security Agency (NSA) in regards to the Snowden revelations. Regardless of your views on NSA’s activities and actions, you need to hear what Rogers has to say.
Fourth, both leaders emphasize the urgent action and importance of cyberdefense and actions by the private sector and government in defending our country moving forward. The passion comes through as the facts are made clear around ongoing cyberattacks and what might be next.
Lastly, I was very impressed with the quality and depth of knowledge displayed by these two excellent Congressional leaders. We hear so much “bad news” about Congress, about low public opinion regarding politicians, about too many “short sound bites” coming from Washington D.C. and a lack of in-depth analysis.
Well hear you go. Take an hour and watch this CSPAN video session. Afterward, I think you will agree that it was well worth your time.
Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.
During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.
He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.
Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.
He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Follow Lohrmann on Twitter at: @govcso
Building effective virtual government requires new ideas, innovative thinking and hard work. From cybersecurity to cloud computing to mobile devices, Dan discusses what’s hot and what works in the world of gov tech.