Cybersecurity Symposium Covers Law and Policy

February 12, 2016    |  

Expanding its educational outreach, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) held a comprehensive symposium this month entitled “The Law and Policy of Cybersecurity.” The event, co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law), was held at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.

Aimed at legal and cyber professionals in the Baltimore and D.C. region who were interested in expanding their knowledge of critical issues, challenges, and legal developments surrounding cybersecurity, the one day Symposium was a first for CHHS.  Under the direction of Founder Michael Greenberger, JD, CHHS has developed academic coursework in cybersecurity at Maryland Carey Law while also providing cyber policy development for private sector clients. The Center is also often called upon by legislative bodies and the media to discuss complex cybersecurity issues.

Welcoming the nearly 100 participants, Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald Tobin, JD, pointed out that “Cybersecurity is not just for cyber engineers or software developers. It’s a vital new field with important legal and policy dimensions.” Tobin also shared educational opportunities at the law school with the audience, including recently launched Master of Science in Law and LL.M. programs with specializations in cybersecurity. University System of Maryland students who are interested in cybersecurity careers were among the attendees. 

Presentations included keynote speaker Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director for the National Security Agency, who opened the forum with thoughts on three major myths surrounding cybersecurity: “Cyber is about tech alone; Cyber is new; Cyber is an extension of everything else.” Jonathan Litchman, CEO of The Providence Group, and Dan Caprio, chairman of The Providence Group, presented on recent data breach case studies, risk management and response strategies. 

Throughout the program speakers addressed emerging law and policy issues in cybersecurity, data breaches, risk management, response strategies, executive branch initiatives in cybersecurity, and civil liberties in cyberspace. CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker, JD, closed the program with a discussion of major legislation and important court decisions affecting cybersecurity policy.