Press Conference: CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force
Opening remarks by:
James A. Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program
Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Closing remarks by:
National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge
Partner, KE&T Partners, LLC
Prior to the 2008 election, CSIS convened a commission of government and industry leaders to examine issues relating to cybersecurity. The report, Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency, served as a roadmap for Administration policy and congressional legislative reform over the last six years.
CSIS is launching a new Cyber Policy Task Force to take a new and honest look at the current state of cybersecurity and address U.S. action in this realm. This two-year long project will examine cybersecurity strategies and legislation, and identify lessons learned from these experiences. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX-10) are the co-chairs of the Task Force.
The CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force includes two working groups, one based in Silicon Valley and the other in Washington, DC, with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and civil society. Members include leading experts with extensive experience in policy and cybersecurity who are committed to making a meaningful contribution to policy and legislation.
Building on previous successful efforts in cybersecurity that CSIS has organized, the Task Force will produce forward-looking, actionable recommendations to make cyberspace stable and secure in an environment of evolving geopolitics and technologies that will reshape the internet. The CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force will address both domestic and international cyber policy issues, as well as outline a longer-term strategy for tackling hard policy issues in cyberspace. The recommendations of the Task Force will be “plug-and-play,” drafted and presented in a way that will allow for rapid implementation under the next presidential administration.