UM Center for Health and Homeland Security Director Testifies on Cybersecurity Before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee

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Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Founder and Director, served as a witness during today’s U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Setting the Rules for Responsible Global Cyber Behavior.” Joining U.S. State Department and Center for Strategic and International Studies representatives, Greenberger gave oral, as well as written, testimony on the effectiveness of current U.S. government structure and efforts to address global cybersecurity, as well as the best avenues to leveraging public-private partnerships.

Cybersecurity presents a unique policy challenge given the internet’s interconnected global reach and infrastructure. Cybersecurity cannot be ensured through measures based on individual sovereignty or within traditional borders. It is widely recognized that the world-wide scope of the internet makes dealing with the threat of cyber disruption self-evidently international in nature. Solutions to cyber vulnerability are therefore not only substantive in scope, but require international organization, cooperation and response…  So, in the face of an overwhelming need and inadequate solutions, the ancient Chinese proverb is apt: a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. We therefore advocate that the U.S. State Department lead a cooperative effort working with sympathetic countries and private stakeholders to begin the development of international crisis management protocols and otherwise establish effective norms to combat international cyber vulnerabilities. – Read Greenberger’s full testimony in the attached letter to the Subcommittee. CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Markus Rauschecker also contributed to this testimony.

Greenberger, also a Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is a member of the Baltimore Washington Cyber Task Force and previously served by appointment of the Governor of Maryland on the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence. Cybersecurity is a key area of expertise for CHHS, an academic consulting agency that develops and tests policies and procedures for public health, emergency management, and public safety organizations across the state, country, and even internationally.  CHHS also offers exercise and training, and planning services in continuity of operations, critical infrastructure protection, mass evacuation and sheltering, and resource management.

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