White Paper Release: "Measuring the Impact of Policy on Global Cybersecurity"

Capstone Series on Cyberstrategy

Overview
On Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, HSPI hosted an event for the release of a white paper - "Measuring the Impact of Policy on Global Cybersecurity"-- by Microsoft Corporation's Trustworthy Computing Initiative. The paper seeks to identify reliable risk reduction metrics, and serve as a tool for national policymakers as they consider various approaches towards achieving greater cybersecurity. Co-authors and speakers Paul Nicholas and Kevin Sullivan shared the paper's key findings and recommendations, and participated in a Question & Answer session with the audience. Graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines were in attendance, and shared their ideas and reactions.


Featured Speaker
J. Paul Nicholas
Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft Corporation

Kevin Sullivan
Principal Security Strategist, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft Corporation


Moderated by
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute 

 

Speaker Biography

J. Paul Nicholas 
Leads Microsoft's Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team, which focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance infrastructure security and resiliency. His team addresses global challenges related to risk management, incident response, emergency communications, and information sharing. Paul recently served as subject matter expert for the East West Institute's 2011 publications, including the first U.S. Russia taxonomy for cyber collaboration and a review of the applicability of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on cyberspace. In 2007, he helped to establish the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), a multi-company effort to advance industry best practices for software security and integrity. Prior to joining the Microsoft, Paul spent over eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats to economic and national security. From 2002-2004, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he coordinated the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and Homeland Security Presidential Decision Directive 7. Paul also served in the legislative branch, working as a senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett and as a staff member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. He has also served as an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense. Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

 

Kevin Sullivan 
Principal Security Strategist with Microsoft's Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team, which focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance infrastructure security and resiliency. His team addresses global challenges related to risk management, incident response, emergency communications, and information sharing. Kevin leads the group's efforts on internet threat reduction, smart grid and critical infrastructure security. Kevin participates in several industry committees focused on technology and policy issues and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In a previous role at Microsoft Kevin led information security assessments for the company's network security group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kevin specialized in system and network design for government, academic and private sector organizations. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Science from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from the University of Washington. He also holds the MCSE: Security, CISSP, CCSK, and ITIL Foundation certifications.


About HSPI's Capstone Series on Cyber Strategy
HSPI's Capstone Series on Cyber Strategy highlights distinguished leaders in the cyber domain and their thinking on its ever-evolving challenges to our national and economic security.