Clinton Briefs Sector Coordinating Council On Encryption Project

March 18, 2016


                                     March 18, 2016  –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Washington, DC                             

                                            CONTACT: LARRY CLINTON 202-236-0001 or




As part of the IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC) Annual Meeting today, Internet Security Alliance President, Larry Clinton, will brief the Council on the Digital Equilibrium Project (DEP). Clinton, who is also a member of the IT SCC’s Executive Committee, will be seeking the IT SCC’s input and participation as the project enters a broader more public phase.

The DEP was organized by former RSA Chairman, Art Coviello, last year and unveiled at last month’s annual RSA conference in San Francisco. It brings together leaders from government, industry, law enforcement and the privacy community. The DEP’s goal is to contextualize the raging encryption debate into a framework that will define the issues and serve as a guide toward policies that protect privacy and innovation while allowing government and law enforcement to fulfill their legally mandated missions. The project is seen as a precursor to the Encryption Commission, which has been proposed in bipartisan legislation currently under discussion in Congress.

Clinton and ISA Vice Chairman, JR Williamson, CIO of Northrop Grumman, serve on the steering committee for the DEP along with Coviello and VeriSign CEO, Jim Bidzos.  The government perspective is provided by former DHS Secretary, Michael Chertoff, former NSA Director, Michael McConnell, former White House Advisor, Dick Clark, and former DHS Asst. Secretary, Stewart Baker.  The privacy community is represented by Nola O’Conner, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Trevor Hughes, President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Biug Data Project at Ryerson University and Kasha Gauthier from the NICE Program Committee.

The DEP Steering Committee began meeting last winter and presented a detailed paper at the RSA conference that isolated the key issues that need to be analyzed in order to develop a sustainable and flexible framework that will create equilibrium between security, privacy and law enforcement concerns. The issues DEP is addressing are: How can organizations improve their privacy practices while ensuring growth and innovation; How can government ensure privacy is protected while maintaining their law enforcement responsibilities; and How can nation states operate better to protect security while assuring adequate privacy?

The DEP is now seeking comment on the paper and hopes their work will be integrated into whatever Commission is created by the pending legislation. The DEP paper can be accessed on the ISA website (


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