Cyber Working Group
The Bipartisan Policy Center is pleased to announce our inaugural cybersecurity working group, a convening of security and privacy leaders from the public and private sectors. The working group membership encompasses the diverse set of concerns in the cybersecurity space.
Please join us on Monday, February 13th as we share our research and discuss the specific risks in cybersecurity that companies, governments, and individuals will face in 2023. Several top cyber experts from our working group will attend and respond to questions. Register here.
EVP and Chief Information Security Officer, Equifax
Jamil Farshchi is EVP and Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax (NYSE: EFX). Farshchi joined Equifax in the aftermath of one of the most consequential data breaches in history. During his tenure, he led an unprecedented $1.5 billion transformation and has built what is regarded as one of the most advanced, effective, and transparent cybersecurity and privacy programs in business today.
Prior to Equifax, Farshchi was Chief Information Security Officer of The Home Depot, Chief Information Security Officer of Time Warner, Vice President of Global Information Security for Visa, Chief Information Security Officer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Deputy Chief Information Assurance Officer of NASA.
Farshchi serves as a Strategic Advisor for the FBI and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Technology Security Coalition and the Piedmont Park Conservancy. He was named by LinkedIn a Top Voice in Technology and Innovation.
Director of the Technology Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
Tom Romanoff is the Director of the Technology Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Before working with BPC, he led IT initiatives for several US Federal agencies and advised executive leadership on the impact of new and emerging technologies on government operations. He worked for several years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), publishing federal-wide IT/Cybersecurity policy and developing modernization initiatives.
Former Cybersecurity Leader at the U.S. Department of State, Department of Justice, and the White House
Christopher Painter is a globally recognized leader on cyber policy, cyber diplomacy, cybersecurity and combatting cybercrime. He has been at the vanguard of cyber issues for over 27 years, first as a federal prosecutor handling some of the most high-profile cyber cases in the U.S., then as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the White House National Security Council and, finally, as the world’s first cyber diplomat at the U.S. Department of State.
Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of America
Craig Froelich is Chief Information Security Officer for Bank of America. He leads a team of 3000 experts across 13 countries dedicated to protecting the financial data of the company’s individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations.
The Global Information Security (GIS) team defends against current and future threats to the company, and partners closely with industry and government associations to ensure the security of the sector as a whole. GIS inventors have filed or been granted more than 1000 cybersecurity patents. The team has won more than 100 awards including the 2022 Hot Security Team of the Year award from Cyber Defense Magazine and the 2018 Information Security Team of the Year from SC Magazine. Craig has also received industry awards for his leadership, including being named to the Top 100 Global CISO list and CISO of the Year numerous times and Breakaway Security Executive of the Year.
Before joining Bank of America in 2001, Craig held executive management roles at technology companies where he acquired 10 years’ experience in product management, application development and infrastructure management. He has been granted 8 information security patents.
Craig serves as the chair of the Analysis & Resilience Center. He is a former chair and current member of the Financial Services‒Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s board of directors, and he is a former chair and current member of the Executive Committee of Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council. He also serves on the board of Sheltered Harbor and the executive committee of BITS, the technology policy division of the Bank Policy Institute.
He has long supported programs that narrow the gender gap in technology, serving as an executive sponsor for Girls Who Code. He is also the executive champion the company neurodiversity program. The GIS team strives for innovation through a commitment to diversity of talent, actively recruiting women, military veterans, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Craig lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and two children.
Hon. Jim Langevin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chair of the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems
Congressman Jim Langevin served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, on which he chaired the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee and served on the Subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces and Strategic Forces. He was also a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security and served on its Subcommittees on Intelligence & Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation. Langevin was one of four legislators appointed to serve on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and he co-founded the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus to increase awareness around the need for stronger cybersecurity. A national leader on securing our nation’s technology infrastructure against cyber threats, Langevin has authored or co-authored dozens of pieces of cybersecurity legislation, including most recently the National Cyber Director Act.
Hon. Mark Brnovich
Attorney General of the State of Arizona
Mark Brnovich became Arizona’s 26th Attorney General in January 2015. He was re-elected to a second term in November 2018. He spent his early career as a prosecutor at the local, state, and federal levels, including serving as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting public integrity crimes and criminal activity occurring in Indian Country. He eventually left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to serve as the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming — a law enforcement agency that works along with Tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of Indian gaming.
As Attorney General, Mark most recently argued at the United States Supreme Court, to defend Arizona’s election integrity laws, including its requirements for in-precinct voting and restrictions on ballot harvesting. His administration has also been instrumental in battling human trafficking, protecting consumer privacy, and supporting border security.
Mark’s wife Susan, who he met while they were both prosecutors for Maricopa County, was appointed by President Trump to serve as a Federal Judge for the District of Arizona. Mark and Susan Brnovich live in Phoenix with their two teenage daughters.
Hon. Sean Reyes
Attorney General of the State of Utah
In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Quickly, he reorganized and re-energized the office and recaptured the trust of the State with striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators, and white-collar criminals.
Subsequently, Reyes won re-election in landslide victories in 2014, 2016 and 2020 (when he was a closing night speaker for the Republican National Convention). He has been lauded by bi-partisan organizations and received a White House Award for achievements including: leading prosecution of some of the nations largest human trafficking cases, pioneering technology solutions for crime reduction, creating 988–a national mental health hotline, developing life saving programs for opioids, teen suicide, school violence and other threats.
Prior to AG, Reyes was a partner in a technology venture fund, General Counsel, a successful trial and litigation partner in Utah’s largest firm and the American Bar Association’s first ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer. He’s an executive producer of A&E’s hit show “Addiction Unplugged” and a two-time TedX speaker.
Coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition and former Senior Executive Advisor for NIST
Jeremy Grant was the founding leader of the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and senior executive adviser for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He led the White House’s initiative to catalyze a marketplace of secure, easy-to-use, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services through government and private sector partnerships. Grant is now managing director of technology business strategy for Venable LLP and serves as coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition.
Founder, Gryphon X
Jerry is the Founder of Gryphon X, a cyber focused technology risk management firm and has 30 years of experience as an executive-level security professional with expertise across cyber, physical and personnel security domains. Jerry has served as the Global CISO, CSO and CIO within some of the world’s most well-known and respected high technology brands such as NASA, a Fortune 500 semiconductor equipment manufacturer, and the largest Fortune 500, combined electric and gas utility in the United States. Recently, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) appointed Jerry to serve as one of the esteemed members of the Cybersecurity Safety Review Board (CSRB) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Jerry also serves on the Advisory Board at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Security and Intelligence in Prescott, Arizona and is a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a Washington, DC Think Tank focused on the implications that cybersecurity has on national security within the US critical infrastructure domains. Jerry is a combat decorated Marine and previously spent a number of years globetrotting around the world with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Counterintelligence Officer.
Chief Executive Officer, Future of Privacy Forum
Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 200 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board composed of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on AI and Ethics, Connected Cars, Health, Research Data, Smart Communities, Ad Tech, Youth, Ed Tech, Privacy Legislation and Enforcement, and Global Data Flows.
EVP and Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer, Comcast
Noopur Davis is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer, Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of cybersecurity and product privacy functions for all Comcast Cable businesses, including all products and services delivered to our residential and business customers. Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, data protection, security architecture and engineering, security operations and incident response, threat hunting, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, technical fraud, and the Legal Response Center.
Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, Intel Security Group. Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, a Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler and Intergraph.
She is a champion of women in technology and serves on the Advisory Board of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen. She is the recipient of the WICT Women in Technology and Woman of the Year awards, WeQual 2021, and has been included on the Cablefax 100, Most Powerful Women and Top Women in Technology lists multiple times.
Noopur holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Regions Financial and of Entrust.
CISO, Google Cloud
Phil is the Chief Information Security Officer of Google Cloud where he leads the risk, security, compliance, and privacy teams. Before joining Google, he was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he held multiple roles over a long career, initially as their first Chief Information Security Officer, a role he held for 17 years. In subsequent roles, Venables was Chief Operational Risk Officer, an operating partner in their private equity business and a Senior Advisor to the firm’s clients and executive leadership on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience. In addition to this, he was a Board Director of Goldman Sachs Bank. Before Goldman Sachs, Venables held multiple Chief Information Security Officer roles, and senior engineering roles across a range of finance, energy, and technology companies.
RADM (Ret) Mark Montgomery
Executive Director of Cyberspace Solarium Commission 2.0.
Mark Montgomery serves as the Executive Director of Cybersolarium.org, a non-profit organization which works to implement the recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, where he was Executive Director from 2019 to 2021. He is also the Senior Director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He Prior to this, Mark was Policy Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senator John S. McCain and completed 32 years as a nuclear trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2017.
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