Cyber-securing the Nation

New America
Monday, December 5, 2016
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

On December 1, President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will deliver a report to the president with recommendations on bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity.

While many of the likely recommendations will require federal government action, intentionally or not, the report will also underline the fact that enhancing national cybersecurity requires as much, if not more, action at the state and local levels. While the President considers the report, we’ll explore what more our states and cities can and should do to achieve these goals.


  • Kiersten Todt , Executive Director, President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity


  • Timothy Blute , Program Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety, National Governors Association

Panel 1: Cybersecurity Education

With an exploding demand for cybersecurity professionals and a cyber-aware general population, how can education policy foster a cybersecurity-savvy population and, in the long-term, a workforce to support it?


Jean-Claude Brizard
Partner and Vice President, Cross & Joftus

Davina Pruitt-Mentle
Executive Director, Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO)

Bernie Skoch
CyberPatriot Commissioner, Air Force Association


Emefa Addo Agawu
Program Associate, New America Cybersecurity Initiative

Panel 2: Legislative and Regulatory Environment

How can state and local policies create a regulatory and legislative environment that incentivizes cybersecurity best practices that scale?


Evan Wolff
Partner and Co-Chair, Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Crowell & Moring, LLP

David Mussington
Director, University of Maryland Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise

Other panelists TBD.


Robert Morgus
Policy Analyst, New America Cybersecurity Initiative

Panel 3: Leveraging the power of states & cities for national cybersecurity

What more can and should we expect from our states and cities as we look to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity?


David Weinstein
Chief Technology Officer, New Jersey

Kris Lovejoy
President, BluVector


Ian Wallace
Co-Director, New America Cybersecurity Initiative