Law, Policy & Markets

Cybersecurity Part 1: Glenn Gerstell Assesses the Current Threat Landscape

March 22, 2022 Milbank Season 3
Law, Policy & Markets
Cybersecurity Part 1: Glenn Gerstell Assesses the Current Threat Landscape
Show Notes

ESG Series #9 - "This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity." With these words, on March 21, 2022, the White House released a formal statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. “to bolster our national resilience” due to evolving intelligence and heightened risks of “malicious cyber activity against the United States….[C]ritical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to lock their digital doors.”

In this episode, host Allan Marks sits down with former Milbank partner and NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell for a regulatory overview and an insider’s perspective on the current threat landscape for cyber risks – from state actors threatening critical infrastructure to hackers using ransomware, other malware or denial of service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. 

Glenn also shares his thinking on how governments can better address cyber risks to agencies, private entities and along global supply chains, and the role of cryptocurrencies in ransomware attacks. 

About the Speakers

Glenn S. Gerstell served as the general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Security Service (CSS) from 2015 to 2020. He has written and spoken widely about the intersections of technology and national security and privacy. Prior to joining the NSA, Mr. Gerstell practiced law for almost 40 years at the international law firm of Milbank LLP, where he focused on the global telecommunications industry and served as the managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC, Singapore, and Hong Kong offices. Mr. Gerstell served on the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which reports to the president and the secretary of homeland security on security threats to the nation's infrastructure, as well as on the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission.  Earlier in his career, he was an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and New York Law School. He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the NSA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.

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