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The Basics of Cybersecurity Law – for Information Security Professionals

May 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Cybersecurity law is a confusing subject. There are many different types of laws, which affect different organizations in different ways. This presentation provides insight in how to consider cybersecurity law as a discipline, while dispelling the notion that law as a tool is all powerful. In fact, law can be quite limited, slow, and backward looking. Finally, the presentation ends with a discussion of the future of cybersecurity law, and how to identify the coming trends.

This presentation grew out of a request by the ISSA DC chapter for answer to some legal questions that information security professionals have. These questions ranged from how come there are so many bills in Congress and what do they mean, to what’s coming next in legal trends that information security professionals should know. David Jackson presented this discussion in November 2018 for the ISSA DC chapter, and based on its success, offered to reprise the discussion for the RMF Lifeboat group.

PRESENTER’S BIO: We are very fortunate to have David Jackson presenting his overview as both an attorney and a cybersecurity professional. Mr. Jackson is a member of the ISSA DC and NoVa chapters, and he holds CISSP, CEH, and CIPP certifications. He works as a regulatory attorney for a government contractor in the Washington DC area. He is a regular contributor to the ISSA Journal. Mr. Jackson has the following Bachelor and Masters of Law degrees: Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Kansas, and Latin Legum Magister (LL.M.) from the University of Arkansas.

David’s most recent article for the ISSA Journal reviews recent California legislative activity involving cybersecurity trends. In 2018, California passed laws involving Internet of things, bots, privacy, and net neutrality. Each of these acts impacts the technology industry and to a degree the federal government as well. The article is the February 2019 feature and is available at: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.issa.org/resource/resmgr/journalpdfs/feature0219.pdf

NOTE THE LOCATION : Marymount University Ballston Center, 1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia. Here are instructions On How To find the location and our room there.

METRO: From the Ballston-MU Metro Station, head west on Fairfax DR toward N Stuart ST. Walk for 0.2 mile. Cross N Glebe RD to the entrance.

DRIVING: At the intersection of N Glebe RD and Fairfax DR. Underground parking costs $5 and must be paid using credit card. Turn off Fairfax Drive across from the Holiday Inn Arlington At Ballston. Almost immediately, turn right at the corner of their building at 1000 N. Glebe Road.

HOW TO FIND OUR ROOM: Go to lobby and take the elevator to 2nd Floor. Turn to your left to another elevator to fourth floor. Follow signs to the assigned room that will be determined by number of people who RSVP.

Another group’s meeting begins at 11:30 so we will leave the room between 11:20 and 11:30. People can continue their conversations in the hall. The other group is the ISSA NoVa Python Programming class. Participants are reminded to bring their laptop to these meetings for the class hands-on labs. For more information, see:
https://nova-issa.org/uncategorized/hands-on-it-mentoring/ .

Besides earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) for participating our RMF LifeBoat ISSA Education Group meeting, we all receive the encouragement and help we need for our cyber security professional growth. The friendly interactive presentations by our members of the meetup always lead to lively respectful discussions. Members always take away information that they that can be applied on the job in the following weeks! In additional our LifeBoat group meetings provide opportunities for the all-important professional networking. If you have a vexing problem, share with like-minded security professionals. They may have already successfully developed a way forward to resolve it.


Marymount University – Blue Goose
1000 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22201 us
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