Ben Powell

October 10, 2013

As part of its 2013 Cybersecurity Summit, Washington Post Live convened leading national security officials, industry experts and journalists for conversations addressing cyber risks and the future of cyber defense.

Ben Powell, former general counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence ; partner, WilmerHale

Information sharing, the role of the government, the role of the private sector, are all controlled by a complex web of laws — many of which have not been updated to account for cyberspace. We don’t complain that the Defense Department has radars around the country that look for incoming missiles, incoming threats to the country. We don’t complain that the government protects the airspace of the country so the private sector can function. We need to think about that government role in cyberspace.

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