Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center, during the spring 2016 board Salon Dinner. Opposite her is Sen. Richard Burr. The senators were the ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center, during the spring 2016 board Salon Dinner. Opposite her is Sen. Richard Burr. The senators were the ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A special feature of ISA board advocacy our twice-annual Board Salon dinners. These unique events bring the ISA board together for extended, off the record, candid, wine-and-food aided conversations with senior White House and Congressional policymakers targeted specifically to cybersecurity topics of mutual interest.

Among the recent special guests at ISA board Salon dinners have been Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein. Each of the White House Cybersecurity Senior Advisors—Howard Schmidt, Melissa Hathaway, Michael Daniel—have also been honored guest. So has former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, House Armed Services (and Chairman of the House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force) Mac Thornberry, House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers and many others.

We used some of the dinners as an opportunity to give out the McCurdy Award for Innovation in Cybersecurity Policy Development. This award, which is not necessarily given on an annual basis, is named for ISA’s founder, former Rep. David McCurdy, and given only exceptional innovators in cyber security policy.

At the fall 2017 ISA Salon dinner, the McCurdy award will be given to House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCall. In 2016, duplicate awards were given to Senators Burr Diane Feinstein for their work in getting the Cyber Security Act of 2015 passed into law.