CLBR #214:Understanding CISA with Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey

Understanding CISA with Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey

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susanSusan Hennessey is Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is the Managing Editor of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of “Hard National Security Choices.” She focuses on national security issues surrounding cybersecurity, surveillance, federal terrorism prosecutions, and congressional oversight of the intelligence community.

Prior to joining Brookings, Ms. Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. At the NSA, she advised operational elements on matters relating to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity and represented the Agency on cybersecurity legislation and related executive actions.  Twitter: @Susan_Hennessey

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The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed Congress last year as part of the 2015 budget package signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015.  While CISA had support from the business community, including the powerful US Chamber of Commerce and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, it was opposed by civil liberties groups Twitter, Yelp, Apple and the Computer & Communications Industry Association whose members include Google,, Cloudflare, Netflix, Facebook, Red Hat, and Yahoo!  Edward Snowden said a vote for CISA was a vote against the internet.

See Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Passed as Part of Budget Deal from Cyber Report.



Zero Days Premiers Amidst Story of Planned Cyber Attack Against Iran

Last year we interviewed Kim Zetter, author of Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon. Today the Stuxnet story is back on the front pages as a new documentary premiering today at the Berlin Film Festival reveals that the US planned a massive cyber attack against Iran if negotiations on its nuclear program failed.


Apple to Defy Order to Create iPhone Backdoor

Apple to defy Order under the Federal Writs Act of  1978 to create backdoor to the iPhone as part of the San Bernardino shooting investigation.

Tim Cook issues statement calling the order a “Dangerous Precedent”.

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.