July 5, 2023

  • House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green hosted a private bi-partisan meeting of 25 senior Members of Congress from disparate Committees who have authority over some aspect of cybersecurity policy. The purpose of the meeting was to begin a process to streamline US cybersecurity policy development. ISA was one of three entities (the only trade association) asked to address the group.  Chairman Green distributed copies of ISA’s recent book Fixing American Cybersecurity: Creating a Strategic Public Private Partnership to each Member endorsing it as “fantastic” and urging them to read it. Mr. Green also suggested 4 policy issues that ought to be the focus of this project 1)Eliminating duplicative regulation 2) Workforce development; 3) Creating an economic model for cybersecurity and 4) Creating   a more fulsome public private partnership that addresses the economic imbalance created by commercial facilities having to fight off nation-state attacks on all of which are consistent with ISA’s current policy agenda.
  • DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held a private “listening session” with the ISA board to learn directly how the new White House Cybersecurity Strategy, specifically its proposal to have IT products built secure by design and default, would impact the many companies and sectors represented on the ISA board.  CISA sent a team of 8 staffers from its technical and economic departments to hear presentations from the perspectives of software providers, hardware providers, the DIB, Utilities, financial services and cyber risk management consultants. (SAP, Leidos, L-3 Harris, Mastercard, AES, RiskLens and Kyndryl.
  • For the sixth consecutive year ISA provided a cybersecurity course for the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate Executive Education MBA Program. After 2 years when due to COVID the course was taught just with ISA staff this year the in-person program returned to the traditional model of ISA board members assisting in the instruction. This year the course was team taught by SAP’s Tim McKnight and ISA President Larry Clinton
  • ISA provided the keynote address on cybersecurity for the Chief Investor Officers conference held at the Harvard Club in New York City
  • ISA participated in a private roundtable sponsored by EY on the topic of how Artificial Intelligence should most appropriately be used by corporate boards.  ISA’s presentation was based on the “toolkit” on AI use by corporate boards in our recently released Cyber Risk Oversight Handbook for Corporate Boards which ISA jointly published with the National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Microsoft joined the ISA Board.