The spate of terrorist attacks last year, especially those in Paris and San Bernardino, raised the specter of terrorists using secure digital communications to evade intelligence and law enforcement agencies and, in the words of FBI Director James Comey, “go dark.” The same technologies that companies use to keep Americans safe when they shop online and communicate with their friends and family on the Internet are the same technologies that terrorists and criminals exploit to disguise their illicit activity.
In response to this challenge, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have proposed a national commission on security and technology challenges in the digital age. The commission would bring together experts who understand the complexity and the stakes to develop viable recommendations on how to balance competing digital security priorities.
The Bipartisan Policy Center held a conversation with the two lawmakers as they rolled out their legislation creating the McCaul-Warner Digital Security Commission followed by a panel discussion highlighting the need to take action on this critical issue.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Member, Senate Intelligence Committee
Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
U.S. Naval Academy’s Robert and Mary Looker Distinguished Chair for Cyber Studies
Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Fellow in National Security Law in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, New York University School of Law
Cybersecurity Reporter, POLITICO