Many of the panels last week at Crowell & Moring’s Ounce of Prevention Seminar garnered special attention in this presidential transition year, and the cybersecurity session was no exception. The panel featured Paul Rosen, who joined Crowell & Moring as a partner on April 27. Paul most recently served as chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and offered unique insights on the cybersecurity landscape.

Paul discussed the impact of cybersecurity incidents in both the public and private sectors. “The OPM data breach really set the stage for both government and corporate cyber preparation and responses,” he said at the May 4 panel.

The government experience on the panel also included moderator Peter Miller, who served as the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Privacy Officer, and Privacy & Cybersecurity Group co-chair Evan Wolff, who advised senior leadership at DHS and other federal agencies. Kate Growley, a counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, also participated in the session, which covered incident preparation and responses, DFARS/FAR/NIST, insider threats, investigations, governance, and vendor management.

Other takeaways from the panel included:

  • Companies are not judged for having a data breaches, but are judged on how they react. –Evan Wolff
  • Contractors should take advantage of DoD’s upcoming Industry Information Day to solicit and hear feedback regarding the latest cyber contracting clauses. –Kate Growley
  • Cyber criminals are using the internet of things, that is, interconnected devices, to conduct increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching attacks. –Paul Rosen

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