As large scale global cyberattacks and ransomware threats continue, the Biden administration has made clear that cybersecurity is a top priority.

The government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) just launched new efforts to defend the country against criminal hackers and nation-state actors. Recent breaches against government organizations and private companies highlight the importance of cooperation between the public and private sector to chart a path to securing cyberspace from endpoint security to comprehensive network security architecture. Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the ranking Republican leader of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Jeanette Manfra, director of Risk and Compliance at Google Cloud and former assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, join Washington Post Live for back-to-back conversations.

Highlights

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) says cyber systems on all levels are under attack, adding the U.S. is playing “a whack-a-mole game” to catch up with threats instead of strengthening systems on the front end. “Our systems at all levels are under attack at all times, and I do think we’re playing a bit of a whack-a-mole game trying to catch up, instead of making sure we have better and more secure systems on the front end.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) says if the U.S. doesn’t do more to hold bad actors accountable, they’ll continue with their cyberattacks. ““If we don’t start fighting back and have real teeth, and real sanctions, and real repercussions, they’re going to continue to do it.” (Washington Post Live)
Responding to Apple’s urgent software update for a spyware vulnerability that was discovered, Jeanette Manfra, director of Risk and Compliance at Google Cloud, said companies need to make cybersecurity easier for consumers. “We need to make security easier for users and so not make every fix the requirement of the user to enact…It can’t always be on user to take all of the steps.” (Washington Post Live)
Jeanette Manfra, director of Risk and Compliance at Google Cloud, said competing companies should work together to address cyber threats. “You shouldn’t compete on access to information…Industry and government should make sure that those who can take action on information should have access to that information and shouldn’t be hiding it for competitive reasons.” (Washington Post Live)

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)

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Representative John Katko is the Republican leader of the House Committee on Homeland Security and represents the 24th district of New York. As a former prosecutor in the state of New York, Ranking Member Katko’s commitment to defending the homeland began long before his swearing-in to Congress, as he worked numerous cases on counterterrorism, border security and immigration, and drug and human trafficking. Ranking Member Katko has served on the House Committee on Homeland Security since joining Congress and assumed a number of leadership roles including Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security; Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee and lead of the Committee’s Foreign Fighter Task Force, a bipartisan group of Members that advanced policies to prevent terrorism.

Jeanette Manfra

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Jeanette Manfra is the Director for Risk and Compliance for Google Cloud. Jeanette is focused on helping customers, particularly those in regulated industries, build and maintain the highest levels of security and trust into their technical infrastructure and services. Prior to joining Google, Jeanette was the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and the Cyber and Infrastructure Agency within the US Federal Government. In that role she was responsible for driving security modernization across Federal civilian agencies as well as enabling the security of critical infrastructure across the US. Jeanette spent more than a decade serving in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House focused on establishing the nation’s first civilian cyber defense agency. Jeanette is a proud veteran of the US Army and alumna of the University of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins University.

Content from HP: Navigating Endpoint Security in a Hybrid Era

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In a segment presented by HP, Stephen Pieraldi, Cyber Security Architect, will share more about how businesses in different sectors and companies of different sizes are navigating endpoint security within this new hybrid work era. End users are being targeted more than ever with sophisticated attacks, and social engineering is increasingly being weaponized as a programming methodology and language. To prevent a user-induced zero-day event, security teams must rely on precision isolation and containment. High performance companies have witnessed the shift from outside attacks to user-introduced zero-day events, and isolation is a vital tool in their defensive playbook. (Washington Post Live)

In a segment presented by HP, Stephen Pieraldi, Cyber Security Architect, will share more about how businesses in different sectors and companies of different sizes are navigating endpoint security within this new hybrid work era. End users are being targeted more than ever with sophisticated attacks, and social engineering is increasingly being weaponized as a programming methodology and language. To prevent a user-induced zero-day event, security teams must rely on precision isolation and containment. High performance companies have witnessed the shift from outside attacks to user-introduced zero-day events, and isolation is a vital tool in their defensive playbook.

Stephen Pieraldi

Stephen Pieraldi is a security expert who works comfortably in both hardware and software. Stephen has designed advanced Machine Learning-based detection systems and highly secure mobile to cloud-based protection systems. An internet search will highlight many of Stephen’s accomplishments. His unique capabilities are now being used at HP Inc. security while continuing to teach at U.C. Berkeley.

Moderated by Chika Oduah

Chika Oduah is an award-winning journalist, poet and writer. In the past 18 years, Oduah’s experience in journalism includes working as a reporter, foreign correspondent, television news producer, videographer and photojournalist in the United States and across Africa. Oduah’s reporting goes beyond the headlines to explore culture, conflict, history, spirituality, human rights and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, the BBC and other major news outlets. Oduah nurtures a passion for film, literature, traveling, poetry, performance art, women empowerment and learning about cultures around the world.