Like many cyber experts in Washington, Jamil Jaffer wears multiple hats. He’s worked both inside and outside of government and is currently the Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at IronNet Cybersecurity, Founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University and a Visiting Fellow with Stanford’s Hoover Institution.
It seems like a lot, but the underlying cyber network of experts that is moving between the public and private sectors generally have a lot to offer. The Cipher Brief wanted a better understanding of how the conversations that are happening in board rooms, hearing rooms and sometimes, backrooms are making an impact on our overall understanding of cyber threats and how to address them.
As we launch The Cipher Brief’s new Cyber Initiator Group, we’ll be talking with more people like Jamil Jaffer about their efforts and where they’re seeing real impact.
In this case, we caught up with Jamil after a Hoover Institution briefing he held on the Hill with staffers from the offices of some key members of Congress and committees that are working to address cyber issues. He was there specifically to talk about the issue of nation-state threats and how companies and industries and governments think about the threat in very different ways. In the room were staffers, some of them senior members of their support teams. Staffers, of course, make up the backbone of Congress. So, interactions like this generally go a long way in forming the narratives around understanding cyber threats. Those understandings become the basis of information that is given to lawmakers who then vote on policy. As noted above, when we caught up with Jaffer, he had just concluded a briefing on the Hill as part of a series sponsored by the Hoover Institution. We asked him what he was hoping to get out of the meeting.
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